In pictures: New Year around the world

By Laura Simpson & Ian Jones, MSN UK News REUTERS/Stringer
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Wuhan, China

Nations across the globe have been welcoming in 2010 with a mix of solemn pageantry and jubilant fireworks. See gallery

Paramilitary policemen stand to form "2010" to welcome the New Year during a photo opportunity at a military base in Wuhan, Hubei province in China.

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Sydney Harbour, Australia

Sydney Opera house is set against a fiery backdrop as fireworks explode to welcome in 2010.

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Sydney Harbour, Australia

Fireworks flash over Sydney Harbour during New Year celebrations.

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Sydney Harbour, Australia

Sparks rain over the skies of Sydney. The annual fireworks extravaganza over the city's harbour bridge and Opera House form the centrepiece of Australia's celebrations.

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Tokyo, Japan

Shinto priests march after a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2009 and prepare for the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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Shimla, India

Skaters arrange themselves to form the year "2010" to welcome the new year at an ice skating carnival in Shimla, India.

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Victoria, Hong Kong

Fireworks light the sky over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

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Taipei, Taiwan

A couple kiss while fireworks explode from the world's tallest completed skyscraper, Taipei 101, during new year celebrations.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fireworks are set off near the Petronas Twin Towers (right) and Kuala Lumpur Tower (left) during festivities in Malaysia.

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Malabon City, Philippines

A group of children, led by zoo owner Manny Tangco, blow paper horns to attract the attention of a Bengal tiger separated from them by glass in Malabon City, Philippines. 2010 falls on the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar.

 
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Manila, Philippines

Vendors arrange oranges while waiting for customers on New Year's Eve. Filipinos traditionally buy round-shaped fruits in the belief that it will bring them fortune as they prepare to ring in the new year.

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Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistani children write "Peace and 2010" on the sand as the sun sets at Clifton beach in Karachi.

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Tokyo, Japan

Balloons fly across the sky as people celebrate new year at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

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Paju, South Korea

Christians sing a hymn during a prayer to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak pavilion near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, about 32 miles north of Seoul.

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Financial District, Singapore

Fireworks explode over Marina Bay and the Esplanade theatres in Singapore.

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Tokyo

A geisha girl rings in the new year at Sensoji temple in Tokyo.

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Rome, Italy

Helium balloons float in the wind at sunset on Janiculum Hill overlooking Rome on New Year's Eve.

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New York

A street vendor in Times Square shows off 2010-shaped glasses that he is selling on his hat.

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Moscow

Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral at Red Square during New Year's Day celebrations in Moscow.

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Dubai

Fireworks near Burj Al Arab light up the sky during celebrations in Dubai.

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Edinburgh

Revellers wave flags as they take part in the Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh.

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London

Fireworks over the Thames next to the London Eye to welcome in the New Year.

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Berlin, Germany

Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thousands of people watch fireworks at Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Legazpi city, Philippines

Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year amidst a backdrop of Mayon volcano in its continuing mild eruption as seen from Lignon Hill in Legazpi city, about 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines.