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 Tuesday, 31 December, 2002, 20:23 GMT
In pictures: New Year celebrations
New Year celebrations begin across East Asia, despite tight security in the wake of the Bali nightclub bombings.

Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks
Sydney Harbour Bridge erupted in a huge fireworks display as midnight struck

Street party in Sydney, Australia
Residents in the Australian city partied into the night

Sky Tower in Auckland
The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, also exploded in a flurry of fireworks

Beijing celebrations
Huge crowds packed the centre of Beijing, China, for the celebrations

Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo
There was applause outside the Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan, as the New Year was ushered in

Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers
Skydivers leapt from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 2002 - and landed in 2003

US soldiers north of Kuwait City
US soldiers stationed in Kuwait put war fears aside

Jakarta celebrations
Traditional effigies were carried through the streets of Jakarta
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