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NEW YEAR

In pictures: World welcomes 2015

AFP
3 min

With spectacular fireworks, sound-and-light shows, music, dancing, as well as a few traditional rituals in some parts, the New Year was heralded across the globe as revelers bid goodbye to 2014 and cheered in 2015.

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Revelers converged at landmark sites, beaches, public squares and parks to bid adieu to a rather turbulent 2014 and ring in a New Year filled with hope. While the crowds thronged the regular sites – such as Australia’s Sydney Harbour and New York’s Times Square – in other parts, celebrations were more muted as Baghdadis in the violence-ridden Iraqi capital enjoyed a rare lifting of the overnight curfew and Monrovians in Ebola-hit Liberia took advantage of the curfew break to attend New Year’s Eve services.

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