New Year around the world

Published January 1, 2014
Fireworks light up Times Square as the Countdown Ball  drops as thousands of revelers gather in New York's Times Square to celebrate the ball drop at the annual New Years Eve celebration on December 31, 2013  in New York City. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks light up Times Square as the Countdown Ball drops as thousands of revelers gather in New York's Times Square to celebrate the ball drop at the annual New Years Eve celebration on December 31, 2013 in New York City. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks explode over the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament along the river Thames during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks explode over the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament along the river Thames during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) pose for a group photograph with England and Australian cricketers at a New Year's Day reception at Kirribilli House in Sydney on January 1, 2014. The arch arrivals Australia and England will face each other in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney starting from January 3. – Photo by AFP
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) pose for a group photograph with England and Australian cricketers at a New Year's Day reception at Kirribilli House in Sydney on January 1, 2014. The arch arrivals Australia and England will face each other in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney starting from January 3. – Photo by AFP
Sushi, portrayed by Gary Marion, hangs in a giant replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street, late Tuesday, New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Florida.  The Red Shoe Drop,  a Key West New Year's Eve tradition, is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. – Photo by AFP
Sushi, portrayed by Gary Marion, hangs in a giant replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street, late Tuesday, New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Florida. The Red Shoe Drop, a Key West New Year's Eve tradition, is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks light up the sky in down town Beirut close to the Mohammed al-Amin mosque as Lebanon rings in the New Year on January 1, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks light up the sky in down town Beirut close to the Mohammed al-Amin mosque as Lebanon rings in the New Year on January 1, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Indian Sikh devotees wait for their turn to pay homage at the Sikh Shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar on January 1, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees from across India and abroad are preparing to pay obeisance on the occasion of New Year at the temple in northern India. – Photo by AFP
Indian Sikh devotees wait for their turn to pay homage at the Sikh Shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar on January 1, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees from across India and abroad are preparing to pay obeisance on the occasion of New Year at the temple in northern India. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks explode during Year's Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto,  Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Fireworks explode during Year's Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Roselle Leones, 20, looks at her newborn baby boy, Mark Ian, after giving birth to him at midnight on New Year, at the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in Manila January 1, 2014. At least three babies were born on New Year's day at the Jose Reyes Memorial hospital, according to hospital officials. – Photo by Reuters
Roselle Leones, 20, looks at her newborn baby boy, Mark Ian, after giving birth to him at midnight on New Year, at the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in Manila January 1, 2014. At least three babies were born on New Year's day at the Jose Reyes Memorial hospital, according to hospital officials. – Photo by Reuters
Revellers celebrate the New Year's Eve on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Revellers celebrate the New Year's Eve on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
In this photo provided by Dubai World Record 2014, fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah Island, front, and World Islands, rear, to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 as the city attempts to breaks the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Firework Display." – Photo by AP
In this photo provided by Dubai World Record 2014, fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah Island, front, and World Islands, rear, to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 as the city attempts to breaks the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Firework Display." – Photo by AP
Chinese worshippers burn incense while offering prayers on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.  – Photo by AP
Chinese worshippers burn incense while offering prayers on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Worshippers pray for good luck after throwing coins during their first visit of the year to the Meiji Jingu shinto shrine in Tokyo on New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.  – Photo by AP
Worshippers pray for good luck after throwing coins during their first visit of the year to the Meiji Jingu shinto shrine in Tokyo on New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Buddhists pray for peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula at Imjingak near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted Wednesday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth" — a reference to the young leader's once powerful uncle, whose execution last month has raised questions about Kim's grip on power. The letters on the monument read, "Worship from a distance."  –
Buddhists pray for peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula at Imjingak near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted Wednesday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth" — a reference to the young leader's once powerful uncle, whose execution last month has raised questions about Kim's grip on power. The letters on the monument read, "Worship from a distance." –
Pro-European Union activists hold lights while singing the Ukrainian national anthem as they celebrate the New Year in Kiev's main square early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Ukraine. At least 100,000 Ukrainians sang the country's national anthem together at the square on New Year's Eve in a sign of support for integration with Europe. Opposition leaders had called on Ukrainians to come to the Maidan on New Year's Eve and sing the national anthem in an act of defiance and what they expected could be the record-breakin
Pro-European Union activists hold lights while singing the Ukrainian national anthem as they celebrate the New Year in Kiev's main square early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Ukraine. At least 100,000 Ukrainians sang the country's national anthem together at the square on New Year's Eve in a sign of support for integration with Europe. Opposition leaders had called on Ukrainians to come to the Maidan on New Year's Eve and sing the national anthem in an act of defiance and what they expected could be the record-breakin
Buddhist monks take morning alms during a New Year offering held by anti-government protesters at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Buddhist monks take morning alms during a New Year offering held by anti-government protesters at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Fireworks explode above the Philadelphia city skyline as part of New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Fireworks explode above the Philadelphia city skyline as part of New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan Buddhists stand in a queue to offer flowers and pray at a temple on the first day of the New Year before starting their work, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP
Sri Lankan Buddhists stand in a queue to offer flowers and pray at a temple on the first day of the New Year before starting their work, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. – Photo by AP

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