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New Year's celebrations around the world

Updated 11:19 AM ET, Thu January 1, 2015
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A wave crashes as two women hug and fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro early on Thursday, January 1. Felipe Dana/AP
Sean Reilly and Emily Verselin kiss at midnight in Times Square. John Minchillo/AP
A man watches as fireworks burst over the Manila suburb of Quezon City in the Philippines. Aaron Favila/AP
Fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images
People watch fireworks from Copacabana beach. Felipe Dana/AP
Female impersonator Gary Marion hangs in a giant replica of a woman's high heel over Duval Street in Key West, Florida. Rob O'Nea/The Key West Citizin/AP
A large puppet is paraded on Boylston Street in Boston. Elise Amendola/AP
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben in London. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
People gather to celebrate the arrival of the new year at Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland. Czarek Sokolowski/Ap
Fireworks explode in Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Matej Divizna/Getty Images
Fireworks light the sky above the medieval St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church in Erfurt, Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
Revelers photograph fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Christophe Ena/AP
People cheer in front of Rome's ancient Colosseum. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images
The Rodriguez Osorio family slow-roasts a pig over a charcoal fire for their New Year's Eve dinner in Campo Florido, Cuba. Ramon Espinosa/AP
A couple embrace as they celebrate the new year in Cape Town, South Africa. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
Fireworks explode behind the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Moscow's Red Square rings in the new year. Denis Tyrin/AP
New Year's Eve is celebrated in Skopje, Macedonia. Boris Grdanoski/AP
People in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, celebrate the new year with a light-and-sound extravaganza at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. The tower was lit up with colored panels as the clock counted down to 2015. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images
A celebrant holds a heart-shaped balloon during the New Year's celebrations in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Bilal Hussein/AP
Iraqi crowds cheer as fireworks begin at Firdos Square in Baghdad. Hadi Mizban/AP
People marvel at the fireworks in Bangkok, Thailand. Gao Jianjun/Xinhua/Landov
Fireworks were set off from the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan. Wu Ching-teng/Xinhua/Landov
People in Seoul, South Korea, celebrate the new year with a bell-ringing ceremony at the Bosingak Belfry. Sang-Hoon Kish Kim/SIPA/AP
People gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to watch a fireworks display in Pyongyang, North Korea. Jon Chol Jin/AP
Fireworks burst over Marina Bay in Singapore. Mohd Fyrol/AFP/Getty Images
A fireworks display in Manila, Philippines. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA/Landov
Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong rings in the new year. Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
People release balloons beside the Tokyo Tower to celebrate the new year in Japan's capital. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images
A man watches fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark Petronas Towers during celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lai Seng Sin/AP
Fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rob Griffith/AP
A fireworks display at the top of the Sky Tower welcomes the new year in Auckland, New Zealand. Dave Rowland/Getty Images