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 Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 10:51 GMT
In pictures: New Year celebrations
The arrival of 2003 has been greeted by parties around the globe - from the top of the world's tallest building in Kuala Lumpur to strife-torn Ivory Coast.

Fireworks over the Parthenon
Fireworks lit up the Athens sky over the Parthenon as the clock struck midnight

Two revellers kiss on the Champs Elysees in Paris
Revellers on the Champs Elysees in Paris celebrated the customary way...

Women have their stomachs painted in Lucknow
... while in India's Lucknow, women prepared a less traditional greeting

A woman prepares for a celebratory meal in Abidjan; a family eye up cakes in Lebanon
An Ivorian woman's hat declares "Curfew or not we're celebrating" while food is on the mind of this Lebanese family

A South Korean woman weeps for relatives on the other side of the border
But in South Korea, the new year brought reminders of families split by the Korean War

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

Partygoers celebrate the arrival of 2003 in New York's Time Square
In New York, a blizzard of red, white and blue confetti greeted 2003 as Times Square hosted its 99th new year party

Fireworks on Sydney Harbour Bridge
A few hours earlier, Sydney Harbour Bridge erupted in a huge fireworks display
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