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In pictures: New Year celebrations

Times Square, New York

Hundreds of thousands of people packed into New York's Times Square to welcome in 2006.

Fireworks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Party-goers crowded Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach for the city's largest firework display.

Fireworks light up the London Eye and Houses of Parliament (left)

In London, there was a large firework display along the River Thames, lighting up the London Eye.

Fireworks light up Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

It was a chilly night in Berlin, where celebrations took place around the Brandenburg Gate.

Celebrations near the Eiffel Tower, Paris

In Paris, the New Year was marked by street celebrations as half a million revellers thronged around the city's famous landmarks.

Celebrations in Moscow's Red Square

A ban on alcohol in Moscow's Red Square did not appear to dampen spirits among the party-goers.

New Year fireworks display in Sydney

The Australian city of Sydney kicked off the New Year celebrations in style with a massive fireworks display.

New year fireworks in Shanghai, China

Fireworks ushered in the New Year in Shanghai. The Chinese lunar new year begins later this month and will mark the year of the dog.

Worshippers strike a bell to celebrate New Year at Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo

In Tokyo, Buddhist worshippers struck a giant bell to bring in the New Year at Zojoji temple.

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