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Thursday, 30 December, 1999, 11:26 GMT
In pictures: World prepares for millennium




The sun rises over the Millennium Island, Republic of Kiribati, about 2,800 km (1,750 miles) south of Hawaii in the South Pacific. It is one of the first places on earth to greet the year 2000.




Pacific islanders are joining New Zealand's Maori to celebrate the millennium. Some are coming from across the international date line, where the millennium begins a day later.




The Hong Kong Government is staging a "Millennium Extravaganza", featuring a giant dragon and lantern dance, a horse race and fireworks display.




Workers put the finishing touches on a 50-tonne bell next to the Century Altar in Beijing, which will be rung at midnight on New Year's Eve to mark the new millennium.




Berlin will celebrate the new millennium with a massive party around the Brandenburg Gate. The city's Victory column will be illuminated by yellow light beams.




In Egypt, French musician Jean Michel Jarre will stage a concert at an extravagant millennium celebration, which will also project images onto the Giza pyramids.




South American group Grupo Folia and Passo a Passo dance the Lambada on the third day of Lebanon 2000 Millennial celebrations in Beirut.




Aztec dancers practice for the millennium celebrations in Mexico City's Zocalo plaza.




Bathers enjoy the sun at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 3 million visitors are expected for the New Year.

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