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  • Benjamin Nadorf, 4, fools around with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year in Times Square in New York, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. One million people are expected to cram into the area for the countdown.

      Benjamin Nadorf, 4, fools around with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year in Times Square in New York, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. One million people are expected to cram into the area for the countdown.
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  • Fireworks light the sky at the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.

      Fireworks light the sky at the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI holds the ostensory as he presides a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has marked the end of a difficult year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

      Pope Benedict XVI holds the ostensory as he presides a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has marked the end of a difficult year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.
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  • People are silhouetted as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.

      People are silhouetted as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.
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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, Monday December 31, 2012.

      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, Monday December 31, 2012.
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  • A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan.

      A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • Fireworks explode in the sky over St. Basil Cathedral as Russians celebrate New Year on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      Fireworks explode in the sky over St. Basil Cathedral as Russians celebrate New Year on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre, England, Monday December 31, 2012.

      Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre, England, Monday December 31, 2012.
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  • Pranav Patel of Toronto, is bundled up as he waits Monday morning, Dec. 31, 2012 for midnight in Times Square in New York, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. An estimated 1 million people were expected to cram into district to see the crystal ball drop and countdown to 2013, organizers said.

      Pranav Patel of Toronto, is bundled up as he waits Monday morning, Dec. 31, 2012 for midnight in Times Square in New York, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. 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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  • Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony on the eve of the new year on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Inmates of the Welikada prison one of the largest prisons in Sri Lanka, housing over four thousand prisoners, invoked blessings and ushered in the new year by engaging in Buddhist rituals.

      Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony on the eve of the new year on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Inmates of the Welikada prison one of the largest prisons in Sri Lanka, housing over four thousand prisoners, invoked blessings and ushered in the new year by engaging in Buddhist rituals.
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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, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

      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, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
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  • A man lights an Old Man effigy which symbolizes burning the past and getting ready to start a happy New Year without bad memories of the past in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      A man lights an Old Man effigy which symbolizes burning the past and getting ready to start a happy New Year without bad memories of the past in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • A man poses for a photo behind a giant 2013 in 3D shape during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      A man poses for a photo behind a giant 2013 in 3D shape during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Thousands of people flock to the main business district on New Year's eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

      Thousands of people flock to the main business district on New Year's eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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  • Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor to celebrate the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor to celebrate the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Indonesians watch firework explode on New Year's eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

      Indonesians watch firework explode on New Year's eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
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  • Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, as part of the New Year Hogmanay celebrations Monday Dec. 31, 2012.

      Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, as part of the New Year Hogmanay celebrations Monday Dec. 31, 2012.
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  • Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • A Chinese couple kiss each other as they celebrate the new year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      A Chinese couple kiss each other as they celebrate the new year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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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, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

      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, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
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  • Jackielyn Junio, center, from Silver Springs, Md., waits to be searched and claim a spot in Times Square in New York, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. One million people are expected to cram into the area for the countdown.

      Jackielyn Junio, center, from Silver Springs, Md., waits to be searched and claim a spot in Times Square in New York, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. One million people are expected to cram into the area for the countdown.
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  • Spectators watch as fireworks light the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.

      Spectators watch as fireworks light the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Greek presidential guards seen during the changing of the guards ceremony outside the Greek parliament at the tomb of the unknown soldier in New Year's Eve in central Athens, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. In austerity-weary Greece,Festivities will be restrained, with Athens municipal officials saying their budget for this year has been contained to about a tenth of pre-crisis spending.

      Greek presidential guards seen during the changing of the guards ceremony outside the Greek parliament at the tomb of the unknown soldier in New Year's Eve in central Athens, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. In austerity-weary Greece,Festivities will be restrained, with Athens municipal officials saying their budget for this year has been contained to about a tenth of pre-crisis spending.
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  • Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

      Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
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  • A woman with her daughter walks in a decorated street with lights to celebrate the New Year in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      A woman with her daughter walks in a decorated street with lights to celebrate the New Year in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • South Korean dancers beat drums to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. About 5,000 participantss prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and hope for an early reunification of the divided Koreas.

      South Korean dancers beat drums to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. About 5,000 participantss prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and hope for an early reunification of the divided Koreas.
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  • Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • A Chinese man wears 2013-style glasses and a national flag as he celebrates the new year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      A Chinese man wears 2013-style glasses and a national flag as he celebrates the new year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • A North Korean family has their photo taken in front of fireworks as they celebrate the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.

      A North Korean family has their photo taken in front of fireworks as they celebrate the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Merry makers cheer as they welcome the 2013 New Year, at the first ever public New Year Countdown cerebration at Myoma grounds in Yangon, Mayanmar.

      Merry makers cheer as they welcome the 2013 New Year, at the first ever public New Year Countdown cerebration at Myoma grounds in Yangon, Mayanmar.
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  • Performers react as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.

      Performers react as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.
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  • Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

      Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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  • Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, as part of the New Year Hogmanay celebrations Monday Dec. 31, 2012.

      Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, as part of the New Year Hogmanay celebrations Monday Dec. 31, 2012.
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  • Soldiers and service members with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) dance as they celebrate the New Year eve at the NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

      Soldiers and service members with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) dance as they celebrate the New Year eve at the NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
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