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Hello, 2013!

Revellers around the world ring in the new year with cheers, fireworks and celebrations.

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Jan. 1, 2013: Confetti flies over New York's Times Square after the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the Marriott Marquis hotel.
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Dec. 31, 2012: Yayoi Okayama, from Japan, left, Ziporah Choice, from New Jersey, foreground right, and others take part in the New Year's Eve festivities in New York's Times Square.
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Jan. 1, 2012: Jeremy Turnmeyer, 23, and Emily Mae Billington, 21, of Wisconsin, share a kiss in Times Square at midnight on New Years.
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AFGHANISTAN

Soldiers and service members with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) cheer as the celebrate the New Year eve at the NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Soldiers with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) attend at a New Year eve celebration at the NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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ENGLAND

Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre, England.

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SCOTLAND

Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, as part of the New Year Hogmanay celebrations.

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Katy Saunders, left, Alex Mueller, center left, Rebekka Frank and Arina Motamedi, right, play with sparklers ahead of welcoming in the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, Scotland.

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BEIJING

Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

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BEIJING

The pavilion of the Summer Palace is illuminated with lights and the words "Happy New Year" during a count-down event in Beijing.

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GREECE

Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during the New Year's celebrations in Athens.

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Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis Hill during the New Year's celebrations in Athens.

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INDIA

An Indian barber gives finishing touches to the hair style of a young boy with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 in Ahmadabad, India.

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Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

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JAPAN

Worshipers strike a giant bell to celebrate the New Year at Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

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A boy prays around a fire believed to invoke divine help during their first visit of the year to the Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

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LITHUANIA

Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year.

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LONDON

Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London.

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LONDON

Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London,

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NEW YORK

Workers unload the number 2013 to be used during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York.

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HONG KONG

Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.
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MALAYSIA

A man watches fireworks explode during New Year celebrations in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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SYDNEY

Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
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Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the New Years Eve celebrations in Australia.
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WALL STREET

A trader wearing "Happy New Year" glasses works on the floor Monday at the New York Stock Exchange in New York.
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NEW YORK

Benjamin Nadorf, 4, plays with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year in Times Square in New York.

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NEW YORK

The fireworks explode as the Waterford crystal ball is raised at the beginning of Times Square New Year's celebration.

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New York City police officers stand guard during the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration.

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NEW YORK

People who arrived Monday morning line a front row spot to watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York. An estimated 1 million people were expected to cram into district to see the crystal ball drop and countdown to 2013, organizers said.

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Philippines

Fireworks light up the sky to welcome in the New Year at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.

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A Filipino boy looks as his mother tests a paper horn in downtown Manila, Philippines.

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RUSSIA

Fireworks explode in the sky over St. Basil Cathedral as Russians celebrate New Year on Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

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SRI LANKA

Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison carry statues of Lord Buddha as they take part in a religious ceremony on the eve of new year.

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SRI LANKA

Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony by engaging in Buddhist rituals on the eve of new year.

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TAIWAN

A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan.

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VATICAN CITY

Pope Benedict XVI waves from his popemobile as he visits the Nativity St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The pontiff marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

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Pope Benedict XVI passes in front of a statue of St. Peter as he arrives in St. Peter's Basilica to celebrate a New Year's Eve vespers service at the Vatican.

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Hello, 2013!

Revellers around the world ring in the new year with cheers, fireworks and celebrations.

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