Thousands of people gathered in London to see in the new year by remembering some of the most best moments of 2012, with clips from the 2012 Olympic Games featuring in an 11-minute fireworks display over the London Eye.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "What an amazing end to an incredible year.

"Watched by hundreds of thousands in the capital and millions around the globe, London has proved, yet again, that it can pull off spectacular world-class events in style."

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London put on a spectacular display to end an incredible year for the city

About 250,000 people were estimated to be in the capital to watch the colourful and noisy display, which featured 12,500 fireworks.

Many of them waited for hours to secure the best viewpoints on the banks of the Thames, but fortunately it was a dry and mild night.

Rob Haine, 30, a computer game programmer from Wakefield, said: "The display was mesmerising, it was a joy to witness.

"I had high expectations but they were completely surpassed.

"I got here at 5pm and have been standing the whole time but it was worth it. It was cool that they got the Olympics into the fireworks."

Sandro Benvenuti, 46, travelled from Italy with his wife and two daughters to see the display.

"We were waiting for six hours but it was fantastic," he said.

"We have fireworks in Italy but those were much better. They went on for longer and the design and special effects were superior."

Lynn Shepherd, 53, from the village of North Newbald, East Yorkshire, praised the "electric atmosphere".

She said: "There's no trouble here. Everyone is having a good time and it's the perfect way to finish 2012."

The Metropolitan Police said as of 3.45am, officers made 96 arrests across the capital relating to the New Year's Eve celebrations, mainly for being drunk, public order offences and assault.

More than 3,500 police supported the organisers and stewards of the event in central London, working alongside colleagues from the British Transport Police and other emergency services to keep revellers safe.

Chief Inspector John Williams said: "This year has really been one to remember and what better way to top off the success of team GB at the Olympics and Paralympics and the pageantry of the Queens Diamond Jubilee than with a world-class firework display.

"This year saw the viewing areas fill up earlier than ever before with thousands of revellers coming to see in the new year London-style.

"Officers worked hard, alongside the stewards, in very large crowds to keep people safe in what is a challenging policing environment, helping to ensure revellers and visitors alike could make their way home at the end of the night.

"There were no major issues reported to police and the crowds were good natured.

"Officers continue to work through the night to facilitate the clean-up operation, ensure roads are reopened and the area returns to normality in time for the New Year's Day parade."

Earlier that day, New Year's Eve celebrations had already started on the other side of the world, with revellers in Australia and New Zealand the first to welcome in 2013.

Thousands of people thronged the streets in Sydney, Australia, to see singer and actress Kylie Monogue set off the city's famous firework display over the iconic Harbour Bridge as midnight struck.

Some 1.5 million people were predicted to watch the fireworks in Sydney, and an estimated one billion people around the world.

The Sydney extravaganza was preceded by an impressive fireworks display from Auckland in New Zealand. Crowds thronged the city cetnre to watch the event at the city''s Sky Tower.

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Spectators watch as fireworks light the Quezon Memorial Circle in Manila, Philippines

The revelry in Australia was soon followed by events in Hong Kong, where AFP reported 100,00 people watched an eight-minute display around Victoria Harbour. Firework shows also took place in Beijing and Shanghai.

For the first time under military rule, Burma enjoyed new year's celebrations with fireworks in the former capital Rangoon, while footage from North Korea showed public celebrations in the capital, Pyongyang.

However, celebrations were muted in India following the death of a woman who was gang-raped earlier this month.

Clubs, politicians and the armed forces called off celebations as a mark of respect for the 23-year-old, who died on Saturday, two weeks after the attack on a bus in Delhi.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated New Year's Eve vespers by voicing solidarity with the poor and calling on believers to pause to reflect from time to time despite busy lives, AFP reported.

"We have to know how to stop and think. This way our soul can find healing for the inevitable wounds of everyday life," he said.

In spite of the scenes of blue skies, beaches and hot weather, the best place to celebrate New Year's Eve is not the land down under, according to a survey.

Social networking site Badoo.com found most people would like to see out the end of the year with Brazilians, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

In the capital, crowds had been steadily growing in anticipation of the fireworks display centred around the London Eye.

However, the celebrations were marred by the death of a Spanish tourist earlier in the day.

The 48-year-old woman, her daughter and son were all hit by a bus on Sunday afternoon and taken to hospital where she died on Monday, police said.

Her daughter, 18, remains in a serious but stable condition, and her son, 11, is in a stable condition.

The woman's husband was with them at the time of the incident but was uninjured.

A few hours before the UK's festivities, there were incredible scenes from Dubai where the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was the centrepiece of a stunning fireworks display accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

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    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

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    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

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    Fireworks over the London Eye, in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations.

  • New Year celebrations

    Fireworks light up Big Ben at midnight to welcome in 2013 in Westminster, central London.

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fireworks explode over the London Eye in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, Dominic Lipinski) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

  • Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Fireworks light up the Big Ben and the London Eye in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Big Ben and the London Eye in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people are lining the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2013. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline just after midnight on January 1, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2013. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2013. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline just after midnight on January 1, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2013. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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    Crowds of people gather on Westminster Bridge to watch the New Year fireworks close to The House of Parliament in central London just before midnight in London on December 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben and the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben and the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • London Celebrates New Year's Eve

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2013. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up Big Ben and the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • London Celebrates New Year's Eve

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2013 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2013. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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  • North Koreans visit giant statues of their late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill as they celebrate the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called for improving the economy and living standards of his impoverished nation with the same urgency that scientists showed in successfully testing a long-range rocket recently. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

  • A North Korean family has their photo taken in front of fireworks as they celebrate the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013. North Koreans celebrated the arrival of the new year, marked as “Juche 102” on North Korean calendars. “Juche” means “self reliance,” the North Korean ideology of independence promoted by North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, and modern-day North Korean calendars start with the year of his birth in 1912. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • Fireworks explode in the sky to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. About 5,000 participents prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and hope for an early reunification of the divided Koreas.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

  • South Korean dancers beat drums to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. About 5,000 participantss prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and hope for an early reunification of the divided Koreas.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

  • People gather to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. About 5,000 participents prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and hope for an early reunification of the divided Koreas.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

  • Fireworks explode over Kim Il Sung Square in celebration of the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called for improving the economy and living standards of his impoverished nation with the same urgency that scientists showed in successfully testing a long-range rocket recently. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

  • Fireworks explode over Kim Il Sung Square in celebration of the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called for improving the economy and living standards of his impoverished nation with the same urgency that scientists showed in successfully testing a long-range rocket recently. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

  • Fireworks explode over Kim Il Sung Square in celebration of the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called for improving the economy and living standards of his impoverished nation with the same urgency that scientists showed in successfully testing a long-range rocket recently. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    (left to right) Nadine Pober, Flora Baker, Kirsten Alana and Amanda Williams ahead of bringing in the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Party-goers on Princes Street in Edinburgh during part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle as part of the new year 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks mark the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks mark the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks mark the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.

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    Fireworks erupt over on the Elbe river in Dresden, eastern Germany on January 1, 2013 during the New Year's celebrations. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL (Photo credit should read ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral square in Vilnius during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Petras MALUKAS (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral square in Vilnius during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Petras MALUKAS (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral square in Vilnius during the New Year celebrations on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Petras MALUKAS (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revelers watch fireworks over Burj Khalifa in Dubai on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the New Year at midnight. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revelers watch fireworks over Burj Khalifa in Dubai on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the New Year at midnight. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revelers watch fireworks over Burj Khalifa in Dubai on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the New Year at midnight. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revelers watch fireworks over Burj Khalifa in Dubai on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the New Year at midnight. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revelers watch fireworks over Burj Khalifa in Dubai on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the New Year at midnight. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-NEW YEAR

    Fireworks light up the ancient Colisseum in central Rome's via dei Fori just after midnight on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks erupt over the Brandenburg Gate on January 1, 2013 in Berlin as part of the New Year's celebrations. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013 as part of the New Year's celebrations. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks erupt over the Brandenburg Gate on January 1, 2013 in Berlin as part of the New Year's celebrations. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks erupt over the Brandenburg Gate on January 1, 2013 in Berlin as part of the New Year's celebrations. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the ancient Colisseum in central Rome's via dei Fori just after midnight on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A reveller gives a thumbs up as he watches the fireworks above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP PHOTO / GREGORIO CUNHA (Photo credit should read GREGORIO CUNHA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ITALY-NEW YEAR

    Fireworks light up the ancient Colisseum in central Rome's via dei Fori just after midnight on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fireworks light up the sky above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP PHOTO / GREGORIO CUNHA (Photo credit should read GREGORIO CUNHA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • PHILIPPINES-NEW YEAR

    A man sets off fireworks to usher in New Year's Day in Manila early on January 1, 2013. In the capital Manila, authorities had been bracing for the annual rush of injuries as families celebrated with do-it-yourself firework displays and shot celebratory bullets into the air. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man prepares to set off firecrackers to usher in New Year's Day in Manila early on January 1, 2013. In the capital Manila, authorities had been bracing for the annual rush of injuries as families celebrated with do-it-yourself firework displays and shot celebratory bullets into the air. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • PAKISTAN-NEW YEAR

    Thousands of Pakistanis watch fireworks at Clifton beach in Karachi to celebrate the New Year early on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai and London rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, as revelers at Times Square in New York sought to top off the global extravaganza. AFP PHOTO / Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • PORTUGAL-NEW YEAR

    Fireworks light up the sky above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP PHOTO / GREGORIO CUNHA (Photo credit should read GREGORIO CUNHA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Thousands of Pakistanis watch fireworks at Clifton beach in Karachi to celebrate the New Year early on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai and London rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, as revelers at Times Square in New York sought to top off the global extravaganza. AFP PHOTO / Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Thousands of Pakistanis watch fireworks at Clifton beach in Karachi to celebrate the New Year early on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai and London rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, as revelers at Times Square in New York sought to top off the global extravaganza. AFP PHOTO / Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)