Photos: New Year's Eve celebrations around the world

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This long-exposure picture taken on December 29, 2014 shows locals writing the new year 2015 with a led flashlight in front of a Christmas tree. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
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Indian Sikh devotees watch fireworks as they pay their respects at The Golden Temple in Amritsar on December 28, 2014. Sikhs are celebrating the 350th Birth Anniversary of the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU
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Singapore's skyline gliters with lights as spheres in the waters of Marina Bay form the number '50' to mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary in 2015, ahead of the New Year's countdown celebrations in Singapore on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the traditional early family fireworks show held before the main midnight event on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS
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Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair to watch the annual fireworks show. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2015 new year in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Fireworks burst over the Marina bay to mark the New Year's celebration in Singapore on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL
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Fireworks burst over Marina Bay to bring in the New Year in Singapore on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL
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Fireworks burst over the Marina bay to mark the New Year's celebration in Singapore on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL
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People release balloons to celebrate the New Year during an annual countdown ceremony in Tokyo on January 1, 2015. Some 2,000 guests of the Prince Park Tower Tokyo released the balloons in the air, carrying with their new year wishes. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
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People release balloons beside the Tokyo Tower to celebrate the New Year during an annual countdown ceremony in Tokyo on January 1, 2015. Some 2,000 guests of the Prince Park Tower Tokyo released the balloons in the air, carrying with their new year wishes. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
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North Koreans watch as fireworks explode over the Tower of the Juche Idea to usher in the new year, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
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A man watches fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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South Koreans gather during the welcoming ceremony of the New Year at Imjingak peace park in the border city of Paju near the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 1, 2015. In a New Year's message, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on the military to maintain its readiness, saying robust security is a must to lay the groundwork for potential unification with North Korea. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE
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Japanese worshippers pray as they celebrate the New Year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 1, 2015. Million of Japanese people visit shrines and temples to pray for the well-being of their families at the New Year. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on January 1, 2015. Just like previous years, the city's iconic skyline along Victoria Harbour will light up with an eight-minute pyrotechnic display, as tens of thousdands of partygoers will flock to the waterfront to celebrate. AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE
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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on January 1, 2015. Just like previous years, the city's iconic skyline along Victoria Harbour will light up with an eight-minute pyrotechnic display, as tens of thousdands of partygoers will flock to the waterfront to celebrate. AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE
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New Year's fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks at midnight on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: The Times Square crystal ball is tested one last time before tomorrow night's New Year's Eve celebration on December 30, 2014 in New York City. The ball is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford crystals. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: The Times Square crystal ball is tested one last time before tomorrow night's New Year's Eve celebration on December 30, 2014 in New York City. The ball is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford crystals. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Times Square is seen one day before tomorrow night's New Year's Eve celebration on December 30, 2014 in New York City. The crystal ball that is dropped at midnight is illuminated with 32,256 LED lights and is made up of 2,688 Waterford crystals. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP