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Buddhists place candles during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 31, 2017 - 11:46 am
Spectacular fireworks have lit up the skies in Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere in Asia as revelers ring in 2018. A look at how people around the world are marking the end of the year: VATICAN Bidding 2017 farewell, Pope Francis has decried wars, injustices and environmental decay which he says...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 10:55 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ AUSTRALIA Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbor, highlighting the city's New Year's celebrations. The massive fireworks display included a rainbow waterfall cascade of lights and color flowing off the harbor's bridge to celebrate...
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FILE- In this Dec. 31, 2008 file photo, Allison Smith of Jacksonville, Fla, left, tries to keep warm as she and others take part in the New Year's Eve festivities in New York's Times Square. Brutal weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast U.S. from New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, but not in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
December 31, 2017 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers, celebrity entertainers and tourists from around the world will pack into Times Square on Sunday for what's expected to be a flashy but frigid start to the new year. Revelers are likely to begin lining up in the bitter cold in the early afternoon, hours ahead of when the...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 10:10 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ AUSTRALIA Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour, highlighting the city's New Year's celebrations. The massive fireworks display included a rainbow waterfall cascade of lights and color flowing off the harbor's bridge to...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 9:40 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ AUSTRALIA Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour, highlighting the city's New Year's celebrations. The massive fireworks display included a rainbow waterfall cascade of lights and color flowing off the harbor's bridge to...
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December 31, 2017 - 9:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers, celebrity entertainers and tourists from around the world will pack into Times Square on Sunday for what's expected to be a flashy but frigid start to the new year. Revelers are likely to begin lining up in the bitter cold in the early afternoon, hours ahead of when the...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 9:13 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ AUSTRALIA Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour, highlighting the city's New Year's celebrations. The massive fireworks display included a rainbow waterfall cascade of lights and color flowing off the harbor's bridge to...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 8:30 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ AUSTRALIA Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour, highlighting the city's New Year's celebrations. The massive fireworks display included a rainbow waterfall cascade of lights and color flowing off the harbor's bridge to...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 7:04 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ NEW ZEALAND Tens of thousands of New Zealanders took to streets and beaches, becoming among the first in the world to usher in 2018. As the new year dawned in this southern hemisphere nation, fireworks boomed and crackled above city...
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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)
December 31, 2017 - 6:37 am
A look at how people around the world are ringing in 2018: ___ AUSTRALIA Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour a few hours before midnight Sunday, kicking off the city's New Year's celebrations. Around 1 million people were expected to gather to watch the festivities. Security was tight,...
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