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A man waves to a child on a bus on the first day of classes after the holiday break, in Newtown, Conn.,Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Nearly three weeks after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, students and teachers from the school will return to class Thursday in the neighboring town of Monroe.

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A postage stamp with an image of the present Dr. Who, Matt Smith. Dr. Who, who usually uses a police box for travel will be zooming through time and space on the edge of letters in 2013. Britain's Royal Mail is marking the 50th anniversary of`Doctor Who,' the science fiction program, with a series of stamps featuring each of the 11 actors who have played the title role. Those featured include the present doctor, Matt Smith as well as past Time Lords such as David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston and the first doctor William Hartnell.

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A handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) - a general view of the border security fence along the Israel-Egypt border as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony to mark its completion on January 2, 2012 in Israel. The construction of the 4.7- meter-tall, 242-kilometer-long fence, built to prevent terrorist incursions, smugglers and illegal migrants took two years to complete and reportedly cost approximately NIS 1.6 billion.

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The Renegades' riders perform during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers at Etihad Stadium on January 2, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

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A fisherman casts his net on the waters of Dal lake on a cold day January 2, 2013 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, India.

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People sit around a bonfire to keep themselves warm on a cold in dense fog at Mayur Vihar, as temperature dips below 6 degree Celsius on January 2, 2013 in New Delhi, India. There was no respite from cold and dense fog in North India as mercury dipped two degrees below normal to stay at 4.8 degree Celsius.

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  • An Indian girl sits on her luggage as she with her parent, unseen, wait for a train at a railway station in New Delhi, India Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Indians ride a horse-drawn cart on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • An elderly Indian man, wrapped in a shawl, walks on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Indians keep themselves warm around a fire on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • A young underprivileged Indian boy keeps himself warm near burning trash on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Indian laborers stand on a railway track amidst morning fog, in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • A construction worker keeps her child under a shawl as she sits outside her makeshift tent on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency.(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Indian tourists take a walk amidst morning fog at Raisina Hills, housing India's most important government buildings, including the presidential palace, in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

  • An Indian commuter crosses railway tracks amidst morning fog in New Delhi, India Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Delhi municipal workers warm themselves around a bonfire, in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to a local news agency. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

  • Indian tourists take a walk amidst morning fog at Raisina Hills, housing India's most important government buildings, including the presidential palace, in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning hours affecting road and rail traffic as well as operations at the International Airport, according to local news news agency. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

  • A homeless person waits under a table for free food in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. There are over 300,000 homeless people in New Delhi, living on the streets, braving extreme weather and economic hardship, according to news reports. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

  • Indian homeless people receive free food from a voluntary organization outside a temple, in New Delhi, India , Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. There are over 300,000 homeless people in New Delhi, living on the streets, braving extreme weather and economic hardship, according to news reports. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

  • Indians warm themselves near a bonfire at a roadside tea stall on a cold day in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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    Indian protestors look at a display of lighted candles left in memory of a gangrape victim in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. The family of an Indian gang-rape victim said that they would not rest until her killers are hanged as police finalised their investigation before charges are laid against suspects this week. As the ruling Congress party reportedly pushed for tougher punishments for sex crimes, including chemical castration, authorities in New Delhi launched a hotline to improve safety for women in a city dubbed 'India's rape capital'. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDIA-WEATHER-FOG

    An Indian vegetable and fruit vendor rides a tricycle rickshaw with his supplies on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian vegetable and fruit vendor rides a tricycle rickshaw with his supplies on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama salutes as he gets off Air Force One upon his arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The president is back in Hawaii for vacation after a tense, end-of-the-new-year standoff with Congress over the fiscal cliff.

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea. The 23-year-old bolsters the Reds' strikeforce, after Fabio Borini's injury and the club's failure to sign Clint Dempsey left them with a dearth of options up front. Sturridge said he was "humbled and happy" to join the Anfield club.

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Flooded gardens are seen in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks after another night of rain fall.

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    Flooded gardens in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks.

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    Flooded gardens in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    Flooded gardens in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    Flooded gardens in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    Flooded gardens in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks.

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    Flooded gardens in Ironbridge, Shropshire as the river Severn burst its banks.

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    Pumps are used to help stop water from flooding homes in York city centre, after the River Ouse burst its banks following heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    The Ship Inn Pub in Acaster Malbis, near York, remains cut off after the River Ouse burst its banks following heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    A man makes his way through flood water outside the Ship Inn Pub in Acaster Malbis, near York, after the River Ouse burst its banks following heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    A man makes his way through flood water outside the Ship Inn Pub in Acaster Malbis, near York, after the River Ouse burst its banks following heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    Pumps are used to help stop water from flooding homes in York city centre, after the River Ouse burst its banks following heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

  • Winter weather Jan 2nd

    People make their way along a flooded road in Naburn, York, after the River Ouse burst its banks following heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

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Kashmiri state government employees shout slogans after being detained by police during a protest in Srinagar on January 2, 2013. The demontrators took to the streets against the state government demanding the regularisation of contractual employees.

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A young snowy owl looks on January 2, 2013 at the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany.

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Rafael van der Vaart is splitting up with his wife Sylvie after he admitted to hitting her. Van der Vaart, who spent two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur before joining SV Hamburg in the summer, is believed to have struck his wife in front of guests at a private New Year's Eve party. He told German tabloid Bild: "It was very foolish of me. I'm an idiot. I'm very sorry. It should never have happened." Sylvie added she had "forgiven him already" but the couple later announced they had separated. Van der Vaart posted a picture of him, Sylvie and their son Damian embracing on Christmas Day last week on Twitter (above).

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  • Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

    Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

  • Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

    Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie van der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Red Carpet - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie Van Der Vaart attends the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Red Carpet - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie Van Der Vaart and Rafael Van Der Vaart attend the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Red Carpet - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie Van Der Vaart and Rafael Van Der Vaart attend the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Red Carpet - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie Van Der Vaart and Rafael Van Der Vaart attend the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Red Carpet - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie Van Der Vaart and Rafael Van Der Vaart attend the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Hunkemoeller: Red Carpet - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie Van Der Vaart attends the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Global Gift Gala 2012: Photocall

    MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Silvie Van der Vaart attends the Global Gift Gala 2012 at Gran Melia Resort Don Pepe on August 19, 2012 in Marbella, Spain. The Global Gift Gala is hosted by Cesare Scariolo Foundation and Eva Longoria Foundation to raise money for children. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Global Gift Gala 2012: Photocall

    MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Silvie Van der Vaart attends the Global Gift Gala 2012 at Gran Melia Resort Don Pepe on August 19, 2012 in Marbella, Spain. The Global Gift Gala is hosted by Cesare Scariolo Foundation and Eva Longoria Foundation to raise money for children. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Global Gift Gala 2012: Photocall

    MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Silvie Van der Vaart attends the Global Gift Gala 2012 at Gran Melia Resort Don Pepe on August 19, 2012 in Marbella, Spain. The Global Gift Gala is hosted by Cesare Scariolo Foundation and Eva Longoria Foundation to raise money for children. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Annual "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" Award - Red Carpet Arrivals

    COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sylvie van der Vaart arrives for the German TV Award 2012 (Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2012) at Coloneum on October 2, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Annual "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" Award - Party

    COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the German TV Award party 2012 (Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2012) at Coloneum on October 2, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Annual "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" Award - Party

    COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the German TV Award party 2012 (Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2012) at Coloneum on October 2, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Annual "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" Award - Red Carpet Arrivals

    COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sylvie van der Vaart arrives for the German TV Award 2012 (Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2012) at Coloneum on October 2, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Annual "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" Award - Red Carpet Arrivals

    COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sylvie van der Vaart arrives for the German TV Award 2012 (Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2012) at Coloneum on October 2, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Annual "Deutscher Fernsehpreis" Award - Red Carpet Arrivals

    COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sylvie van der Vaart arrives for the German TV Award 2012 (Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2012) at Coloneum on October 2, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Markus Lanz Hosts First "Wetten dass..?"

    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 06: Sylvie van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart attend the 200th 'Wetten dass..?' show at the ISS Dome on October 6, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Markus Lanz hosts his first show today, having succeeded Thomas Gottschalk, who had hosted the show since 1987 and terminated his career after an accident that left one of the show's candidates paralysed. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)

  • Markus Lanz Hosts First "Wetten dass..?"

    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 06: Sylvie van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart attend the 200th 'Wetten dass..?' show at the ISS Dome on October 6, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Markus Lanz hosts his first show today, having succeeded Thomas Gottschalk, who had hosted the show since 1987 and terminated his career after an accident that left one of the show's candidates paralysed. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)

  • Markus Lanz Hosts First "Wetten dass...?"

    DUESSELDORF, DEUTSCHLAND - OCTOBER 06: (MANDATORY CREDIT: ZDF/Sascha Baumann) In this handout image provided by ZDF Sylvie and Rafael van der Vaart arrive on stage during the 200th 'Wetten dass..?' show at the ISS Dome on October 6, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by ZDF/Sascha Baumann via Getty Images)

  • 'Tabaluga Und Die Zeichen Der Zeit' Premiere

    HAMBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 12: Sylvie van der Vaart and her son Damian van der Vaart attend premiere of 'Tabaluga Und Die Zeichen Der Zeit' Premiere on October 12, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

  • 'Tabaluga Und Die Zeichen Der Zeit' Premiere

    HAMBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 12: Sylvie van der Vaart and her son Damian van der Vaart attend premiere of 'Tabaluga Und Die Zeichen Der Zeit' Premiere on October 12, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

  • 'Skyfall' Germany Premiere

    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

  • 'Skyfall' Germany Premiere

    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

  • 'Skyfall' Germany Premiere

    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

  • UNESCO Charity Gala 2012

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • UNESCO Charity Gala 2012

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • UNESCO Charity Gala 2012

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • UNESCO Charity Gala 2012

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • UNESCO Charity Gala 2012

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • 'Skyfall' Germany Premiere

    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

  • GERMANY-FRANCE-FASHION-PHOTOGRAPHY-CHANEL

    Dutch model Sylvie van der Vaart poses as she arrives for the opening of the exhibition 'Chanel The Little Black Jacket' on November 20, 2012 in Berlin. The exhibition running from November 23 to December 14, 2012 shows photographs taken for the book 'The little black jacket - Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld'. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHANEL The Little Black Jacket - Exhibition Opening

    BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 20: Sylvie van der Vaart attends CHANEL 'The Little Black Jacket' - Exhibition Opening by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld on November 20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • BAMBI Awards 2012 - Red Carpet Arrivals

    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Sylvie van der Vaart attends 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • BAMBI Awards 2012 - Show

    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Sylvie van der Vaart attends 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • BAMBI Awards 2012 - Show

    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Sylvie van der Vaart attends 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • Soccer - PFA Player of the Year Awards 2011 - Grosvenor House Hotel

    Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael Van der Vaart (left) and Sylvie Van der Vaart

  • Soccer - FIFA World Player Gala 2008 - Zurich Opera House

    Sylvie Francoise van der Vaart presents the FIFA World Player Gala 2008

  • Soccer - FIFA World Player Gala 2008 - Zurich Opera House

    Rainer Maria Salzgeber (l) and Sylvie Francoise van der Vaart present the FIFA World Player Gala 2008

  • Soccer - PFA Player of the Year Awards 2011 - Grosvenor House Hotel

    Sylvie Van der Vaart at the PFA Player of the Year Awards 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel

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Same sex couples exchange wedding vows on the first day of same-sex marriage

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Nora Clouse (left)and Michelle Miller of Stevensville, Maryland, high five each other after being officially married at Black Walnut Point Inn on Tilghman Island, Maryland

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Wayne MacKenzie(left) receives a smooch on the cheek from his spouse Clayton Zook shortly after their wedding ceremony at Black Walnut Point Inn on Tilghman Island, Maryland

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Ruth Siegel (left) and Nina Nethery of Silver Spring, Maryland were the first couple married at midnight at the Black Walnut Point Inn on Tilghman Island

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A Kashmiri boatman throws a piece of ice towards shore as he makes his way across Dal Lake in Srinagar. Thie Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir is in the midst of a 40-day spell of winter weather known locally as 'Chillai Kalan', during which the Kashmir Valley remains in the grip of extreme cold due to below-freezing nightime temperatures.

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Picture taken in Genneviliers, outside Paris, of an apartment block where a fire broke out, killing at least five of its residents

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    French Interior minister Manuel Valls (C) and Housing minister Cecile Duflot (foreground 3rdL) answer journalists' questions after visiting the site where a fire broke out in an apartment block killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-FIRE

    Firemen are at work near an apartment block where a fire broke out, killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-FIRE

    French Interior minister Manuel Valls (C) and Housing minister Cecile Duflot (foreground L) answer journalists' questions after visiting the site where a fire broke out in an apartment block killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-FIRE

    French Interior minister Manuel Valls (C) and Housing minister Cecile Duflot (2ndL) arrive on the site where a fire broke out in an apartment block killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FRANCE-FIRE

    Picture taken on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris, of an apartment block where a fire broke out, killing at least five of its residents. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Firemen are at work in a flat of an apartment block where a fire broke out, killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Firemen are at work in a flat of an apartment block where a fire broke out, killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A policeman stands next to a building where a fire in an apartment killed five people, including two children and injured around 18, in Gennevilliers, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Gennevilliers is among the poorest suburbs of Paris, and many of its residents live in large public housing blocks. Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the overnight fire. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    Firemen are at work in a flat of an apartment block where a fire broke out, killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    French Interior minister Manuel Valls (foreground R) and Housing minister Cecile Duflot (3rdL) answer journalists' questions after visiting the site where a fire broke out in an apartment block killing at least five of its residents, on January 2, 2013 in Genneviliers, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters stand next to a building where a fire in an apartment killed five people, including two children and injured around 18, in Gennevilliers, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Gennevilliers is among the poorest suburbs of Paris, and many of its residents live in large public housing blocks. Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the overnight fire. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • A policeman stands next to a building where a fire in an apartment killed five people, including two children and injured around 18, in Gennevilliers, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Gennevilliers is among the poorest suburbs of Paris, and many of its residents live in large public housing blocks. Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the overnight fire. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Firefighters stand next to a building where a fire in an apartment killed five people, including two children and injured around 18, in Gennevilliers, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Gennevilliers is among the poorest suburbs of Paris, and many of its residents live in large public housing blocks. Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the overnight fire. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. In this image, the larger-scale structure of the galaxy is barely visible: its comparatively dim spiral arms, which surround its heart in a loose embrace, reach out beyond the edges of this frame.

This face-on galaxy, lying 45 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), is particularly attractive for astronomers. NGC 1097 is a Seyfert galaxy. Lurking at the very center of the galaxy, a supermassive black hole 100 million times the mass of our sun is gradually sucking in the matter around it. The area immediately around the black hole shines powerfully with radiation coming from the material falling in.

The distinctive ring around the black hole is bursting with new star formation due to an inflow of material toward the central bar of the galaxy. These star-forming regions are glowing brightly thanks to emission from clouds of ionized hydrogen. The ring is around 5000 light-years across, although the spiral arms of the galaxy extend tens of thousands of light-years beyond it.

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Hundreds of hardy swimmers rang in 2013 with a plunge to raise funds for Sandy Relief into the icy sea off Brooklyn's Coney Island, New York

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  • A reveller takes the plunge during the annual New Year's polar bear dip in Herring Cove, N.S. on Tuesday, Jan.1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan

  • A couple takes the plunge on New Year's Day during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Anna Romanovich takes the plunge in 30-degree temperatures during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Sam Woodfill braves the chilly St. Joseph River at the Polar Bear swim in Fort Wayne, Ind., on New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2012. About 200 swimmers took the annual plunge. (AP Photo/The Journal-Gazette, Samuel Hoffman) NEWS-SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGS OUT

  • Participants line up during the 16th annual Polar Bear Swim at the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013, in Gainesville, Ga. The 16th annual Polar Bear Swim is a New Years tradition for the club. About 100 people took a polar plunge, despite rain and temperatures in the upper 40's. The event is a fundraiser for LCKC, with proceeds going to benefit the club's youth programs and other activities. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

  • Jason Smallwood, his nephew, Pierce Haynes, 7, and daughters, Bentley, 10 and Kennedy, 9 take the plunge during the 16th annual Polar Bear Swim at the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013, in Gainesville, Ga. The 16th annual Polar Bear Swim is a New Years tradition for the club. About 100 people took a polar plunge, despite rain and temperatures in the upper 40's. The event is a fundraiser for LCKC, with proceeds going to benefit the club's youth programs and other activities. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

  • Walt Fabianich of Cumming bundles his son Braden, 7, after his dip in the cold water during the 16th annual Polar Bear Swim at the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013, in Gainesville, Ga. The 16th annual Polar Bear Swim is a New Years tradition for the club. About 100 people took a polar plunge, despite rain and temperatures in the upper 40's. The event is a fundraiser for LCKC, with proceeds going to benefit the club's youth programs and other activities. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

  • Participants brave the 42-degree waters of Long Lake in Lacey Wash. for in annual Polar Bear Plunge, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: People run into the chilly water as they take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A man reacts as he feels the elements during the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A woman reacts to the frigid water during the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: People run into the chilly water as they take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A man hoists a flag as he takes part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: People wearing costumes take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A man reacts after plunging into the frigid water during the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • The first wave of swimmers willing to brave temperatures in the 30's head for the water during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • The first wave of several hundred swimmers rush to take a plunge in 30-degree temperatures during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim on New Year's Day at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A man wearing a costume made of Metrocards takes part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

  • Swimmers celebrate after plunging in the water in 30-degree temperatures during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A man wearing a monster mask takes part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30's as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

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Shark fins drying in the sun cover the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong on January 2, 2013. Environmentalists and other concerned groups have raised concerns that the over-harvesting of fins is causing an enviormental calamity. Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets.

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Indian women hold placards during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident.

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    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (foreground C) participates in the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (C) participates in a group prayer during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (C, in between placards) gestures while participating in the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian women hold placards during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian women hold placards during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDIA-RAPE-POLITICS-WOMEN

    Indian women hold placards during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDIA-RAPE-POLITICS-WOMEN

    Indian women hold placards during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDIA-RAPE-POLITICS-WOMEN

    Indian women hold placards during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Participants look on during the Women Dignity march in New Delhi on January 2, 2013. Several hundred people took part in the solidarity march for women organised by the Delhi government which ended at Rajghat, the memorial for slain independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said January 2, citing a police account of the incident. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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From balcony sparklers to a stunning sunrise on Brighton beach, take a look at some of the best Twitter and Instagram scenes caught on camera during New Year celebrations:

We'd love to publish your Twitter and Instagram pictures - with a credit to you. Please email ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com, with "My New Year's Eve Pictures" as the subject.

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  • "Stroke of midnight in Parliament Square. More lights from the crowd than the sky!" (Picture courtesy of snuffykennedy: http://instagram.com/snuffykennedy/)

  • "The Last Supper (of 2012)." (Picture courtesy of snuffykennedy: http://instagram.com/snuffykennedy/)

  • (Picture courtesy of xavierbuena: http://instagram.com/xavierbuena/)

  • thildedj #drink #party #straw #alcohol #fun #newyears #newyearseve #firework #fireworks #denmark #follow #like #light #fun

  • New Year's Eve, picture courtesy of Rachel Masuku.

  • "This was on our balcony in Wimbledon, central London in the background as we hit midnight. Stunning to see London light-up from a distance." - Dan Bullock Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • New Year's Eve Chinese lantern, courtesy of Claire Lotriet. Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • New Year's Eve Chinese lantern, courtesy of Claire Lotriet. Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • New Year's Eve Chinese lantern, courtesy of Claire Lotriet. Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • The bombs bursting in air.. One more of the New Years fireworks! It's back to work I go.. Got to go make the coffee, bacon, donuts or whatever the phrase may be. Happy "Hump Day" everyone!! #newyearseve #2012 #2013 #fireworks #rocketsredglare #burst #explosion #pretty #ooohahhhh #backtowork #humpday #webstagram #statigram #ig #igs #igers #ig_daily #instagood #instapic #instagram #picoftheday #photoftheday #lights #night

  • azzstevens #newcastle #nikon #nightphotography #photography #newyearseve #lights #picoftheday #igfame #bridge #river #milleniumbridge #camera #instapic #instagood

  • "Drinks, dancing and lots of delicious food at The Pig in the New Forest." - Carla Buzasi Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • kirsty_nicole26 New Year's Eve 2013 at @zhur place! #NYE #newyears #2013 #fireworks #brisbane #southbank #river #amazing #view #pretty #greatnight

  • "It was so lovely to see the sun at last on New Year's Day. My 5-year old daughter Alice just stared at the sky and said ‘Mummy, it’s so blue!’." - Beccy Henderson. Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • We're talking ghost town Photo by Oran Tarjan http://instagram.com/orantarjan/ Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • NYE detritus Photo by Adam Waters Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • A light refreshment Photo By Laura Littlejohn Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • NYD celebrations Photo By Jane Dalton Want to share your Twitter/Instagram pics from New Year's Eve? Email: ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com

  • #snoopdogg #snooplion in da #hizzause #dubai #dubizzle #newyears #newyearseve #concert #meydan #meydantracks #2013

  • gemz1005 #colourful #stadium for #nye . #bcplace #vancouver #van #canada #newyear

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Head Coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs is doused with Gatorade by Chris Conley #31 after the Capital One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida

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David Hasselhoff finally took in a game of football during his Manchester panto stint to see City beat Stoke 3-0 at Eastlands on New Year's Day. The latest American actor to get his own replica shirt after Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall turned up for the Manchester derby in December, the Knight Rider legend's name was incorrectly spelt 'Hasslehoff'.

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The Aelfgythe Border Morris group arrive at the Crown, Withybed Green near Alvechurch, Warkwickshire.The Aellfgythe were one of four groups along with Plum Jerkum from Warwick, Armaleggan and Alvechurch Morris participating in the annual New Year's Day event

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Swimmers take part in the Loony Dook New Years Day swim in the river Forth near the Forth Rail Bridge.

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A car from the television programme Only Fools and Horses car takes part in the annual New Years Day Parade in London

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The City of Torrance float participates in the 124th Tournamernt of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California

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  • The Dole float, "Dreaming of Paradise," belches fire and smoke and is the winner of the top prize, the Sweepstakes trophy, for the most beautiful entry, in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Dole Dreaming of Paradise float is the winner of the Sweepstakes trophy, for the most beautiful entry, in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

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    Jane Goodall, of England, famed for her work with chimpanzees in Africa and for her efforts on behalf of endangered species everywhere, is seen in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Vanessa Manjarrez, Nicole Nelam, Sonia Shenoi, Madison Teodo, Victoria MacGregor, Tracy Cuesta, Kate Benuska. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    The 2013 Rose Queen and Court are seen in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Queen Vanessa Manjarrez is at top center, with princesses, clockwise from top right, Nicole Nelam, Sonia Shenoi, Madison Teodo, Victoria MacGregor, Tracy Cuesta and Kate Benuska. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The University of Wisconsin Marching Band performs in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The La Canada Flintridge float "Dino-Soar," winner of the Animation trophy for the best display of animation, makes its way in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The float “Freedom Is Not Free, ” sponsored by the Korean War Commemoration Committee, appears in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The 2013 Rose Queen and Court ride a float in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Queen Vanessa Manjarrez, top center, appears with princesses, clockwise from top right, Nicole Nelam, Sonia Shenoi, Madison Teodo, Victoria MacGregor, Tracy Cuesta and Kate Benuska. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The Kaiser Permanente float "Oh, The Healthy Things You Can Do," winner of the Theme trophy for the best presentation of the parade theme”Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” makes it way in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • A member of the Stanford University Marching Band wears a Wisconsin Cheese head hat while performing in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The Dole float "Dreaming of Paradise," winner of the top prize_ the Sweepstakes trophy for the most beautiful entry_ makes its way in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Kaiser Permanente float "Oh, The Healthy Things You Can Do," winner of the Theme trophy for the best presentation of the parade theme”Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” makes it way in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The 2013 Rose Queen Queen Vanessa Manjarrez rides a float in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • A woman waves from the "Cycling Through Paradise" float by China Airlines, winner of the International trophy for the most beautiful entry from outside the United States, in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • A flying penguin, part of the float "Tuxedo Air," build by Cal Poly Universities_ winner of the Bob Hope trophy for the most comical and amusing entry_ appears in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Protesters with the Occupy movement carry signs and characters to protest the foreclosure practices of banks including Wells Fargo after the conclusion of the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The float "Wonderful Indonesia," from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies, Republic of Indonesia_ winner of the President’s trophy for the most innovative use and presentation of flowers_ appears in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The "Cycling Through Paradise" float from China Airlines, winner of the International trophy for the most beautiful entry from outside the United States, appears in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Special effects explode on a float featuring Disney's "Cars Land" during the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The float carrying the spirit squad for Stanford University, which will face Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl football game, is seen in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Dressed in their signature white suits, tournament members push a utility truck off the parade route in the early morning hours prior to the start of the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Performers with the PAVA World Korean Traditional Marching Band, from South Korea, march in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Other Wisconsin band members are reflected in the tuba section as the band marches in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Wisconsin will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl football game. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Stanford University band, known for their colorful nonconformity, march in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Stanford will play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl football game. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The China Airlines float, "Cycling Through Paradise," the winner of the International trophy,for the most beautiful entry from outside the United States, is seen in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Larger-than-life dogs and cats with real humans and pets are seen aboard the Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation float, "Follow the Stars - Adopt a Pet," the winner of the Lathrop K. Leishman trophy for the most beautiful entry from a non-commercial sponsor, in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Eric Pazz, Eric Pazz Jr., Miriam Pazz

    The Natural Balance Pet Foods float, "Canines With Courage," is the winner of the Past Presidents' trophy for the most innovative use and presentation of flowers, in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Seated at the front are Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz, waving, and his wife Miriam and 4-year-old son Eric Jr. after their surprise reunion on the parade route. Miriam Pazz had been told she had won a contest to attend the parade and did not know her husband, who was deployed in Afghanistan, would be there. He got off the float in front of their seats, to a standing ovation on their reunion. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • A flame shoots out above a rose volcano on the Dole Dreaming of Paradise float, winner of the Sweepstakes trophy for the most beautiful entry in the 124th Rose Parade, in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The California Polytechnic Universities' float, "Tuxedo Air," is the winner of the Bob Hope trophy for the most comical and amusing entry, in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Bundled in blankets, people wait on the street in the early-morning cold before the start of the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The City of San Gabriel float "Celebrating Our Journey" is the winner of the Directors’ trophy for outstanding merit in design and floral presentation in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Pasadena City College Honor Band performs in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Nicole Angelillo, Gerald Sapienza, Sean Valentine

    Newlyweds Nicole Angelillo and Gerald Sapienza, both of Chesapeake, Va., kiss aboard the Farmers Insurance “The Love Float,” in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The couple, married aboard the float just minutes earlier by nationally syndicated radio personality Sean Valentine, center, are the winners of a national promotion by Farmers. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Nicole Angelillo, Gerald Sapienza, Sean Valentine

    Newlyweds Nicole Angelillo and Gerald Sapienza, both of Chesapeake, Va., ride the Farmers Insurance "The Love Float," in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The couple, married aboard the float just minutes earlier by nationally syndicated radio personality Sean Valentine, center, are the winners of a national promotion by Farmers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism float "Wonderful Indonesia," the winner of the President’s trophy for the most innovative use and presentation of flowers, appears in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Los Angeles Unified School District All-City Honor Band performs in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Newlyweds Nicole Angelillo and Gerald Sapienza, both of Chesapeake, Va., are seen at the very top of the Farmers Insurance “The Love Float,” in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The couple, married aboard the float just minutes earlier by nationally syndicated radio personality Sean Valentine, center, are the winners of a national promotion by Farmers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz rides with his wife Miriam and son Eric Jr., after they were reunited in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Miriam Pazz had been told she had won a contest to attend the parade and did not know her husband, who is deployed in Afghanistan, would be riding on the Natural Balance Pet Foods float. Pazz is a highly-decorated soldier who has also served in Iraq. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The Donate Life float "Journeys of the Heart" carries people who have received donated organs and relatives of donors in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Members of the Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team ride their horses in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz kisses his wife Miriam as his son Eric Jr. watches during the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Miriam Pazz had been told she had won a contest to attend the parade and did not know her husband, who is deployed in Afghanistan, would be riding on the Natural Balance Pet Foods float. Pazz is a highly-decorated soldier who has also served in Iraq. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Korean War veterans stand aboard the float “Freedom Is Not Free ” float sponsored by the Korean War Commemoration Committee during the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The float depicts the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The BOSS, Bands of Santiago Sharks, from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., marches in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • The Donate Life float "Journeys of the Heart" carries people who have received donated organs along ith relatives of donors in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The relatives of donors each hold a portrait of a donor. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Korean War veterans and others ride the float “Freedom Is Not Free ” sponsored by the Korean War Commemoration Committee in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The float depicts the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Performers and musicians of Banda El Salvador march in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Protesters from the Occupy movement and others lead an "unofficial" parade entry after the last unit of the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Olympic gymnasts Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney ride in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • In this photo provided by Hannah Storm, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, right, poses for a photo with her family, from left, husband Dan Hicks and daughters Hannah, Ellery and Riley on the parade grounds of the Rose Parade on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. Storm hosted the Rose Parade telecast Tuesday in her first on-air appearance since sustaining first- and second-degree burns to her face, hands, chest and neck in a propane gas grill accident Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hannah Storm)

  • In this photo provided by Hannah Storm, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, left, poses for a photo with co-host Josh Elliott, anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, on the parade grounds of the Rose Parade on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. Storm hosted the Rose Parade telecast Tuesday in her first on-air appearance since sustaining first- and second-degree burns to her face, hands, chest and neck in a propane gas grill accident Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hannah Storm)

  • Nicole Angelillo, Gerald Sapienza, Sean Valentine

    Newlyweds Nicole Angelillo and Gerald Sapienza, both of Chesapeake, Va., kiss aboard the Farmers Insurance “The Love Float,” in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The couple, married aboard the float just minutes earlier by nationally syndicated radio personality Sean Valentine, center, are the winners of a national promotion by Farmers. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

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  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Dan Waddell, the son of the late Sid Waddell, presents Phil Taylor of England with the trophy after he won the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship - Day Fourteen

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Phil Taylor of England celebrates winning the third set during his semi final match against Raymond van Barneveld of the Netherlands on day fourteen of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with kisses the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-DARTS-WORLD

    Phil Taylor of Britain (R) reacts as he takes part in the PDC World Championship darts final against Michael van Gerwen (L) of the Netherlands, at Alexandra Palace in north London on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor gives the trophy a firm kiss after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and son of the late Sid Waddell, Dan with the trophy after Phil won the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates as Michael van Gerwen looks on during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor is congratulated by the late Sid Waddell's son Dan after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen (right) during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning another set against Michael van Gerwen during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor reacts after losing the second set during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the fourth set against Michael van Gerwen during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the fourth during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to go onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to go onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Phil Taylor Filer

    File photo dated 30/12/2012 of Raymond van Barneveld going to congratulate Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Eight - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in relaxed mood during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Raymond van Barneveld is held back by security after his loss to Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld continue arguing after their match during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates his win over Raymond van Barneveld during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates as Raymond van Barneveld looks dejected during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates defeating Raymond van Barneveld during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor argues with Raymond van Barneveld during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor (left) and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to walk onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to walk onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor on his way to beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor on his way to beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor on his way to beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in action against Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Andy Hamilton in action against Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in action against Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

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Brace yourself for disappointment girls, Hugh Hefner is off the market... for the third time. The Playboy founder married former playmate Crystal Harris in a small ceremony at the playboy mansion in Los Angeles. There is a 60 year age gap between 26-year-old Crystal and Hugh, but that didn't stop the newlywed's from parading their wedding joy on Twitter.

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Active Astronomy tweets a picture of Jupiter on New Years '2nd attempt at the New Year's Day Jupiter. This time with all four Galilean moons'

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The Obama Inauguration tweeted 'Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in 2013. Happy New Year' @obamainaugural

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Silhouetted Barack Obama and wife Michelle enjoy the fireworks with 'Happy New Year' message @BarackObama

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Bar Refaeli posts a picture of herself on holiday over the New Year.

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Pregnant Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at 1 OAK Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Moest holds a plush toy as he conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. The concert is being broadcast to over 80 countries around the globe.

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  • French born conductor Georges Pretre con

    French born conductor Georges Pretre conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French born conductor Georges Pretre (C)

    French born conductor Georges Pretre (C) conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French born conductor Georges Pretre con

    French born conductor Georges Pretre conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French born conductor Georges Pretre smi

    French born conductor Georges Pretre smiles as he conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French born conductor Georges Pretre (R)

    French born conductor Georges Pretre (R) conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French born conductor Georges Pretre con

    French born conductor Georges Pretre conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • French born conductor Georges Pretre (R)

    French born conductor Georges Pretre (R) conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Years concert on January 1, 2010 in Vienna's 'Goldener Musikvereinsaal.' Vienna's traditional New Year's concert, led once again by the dynamic French conductor Georges Pretre, will reach out to an even wider audience this year, broadcasting to 72 countries around the globe. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra harpist Charlotte Balzereit, violinist Olesya Kurylak, Austrian designer Markus Binder, concert master Albena Danailova and violinist Isabelle Ballot pose in new morning suits on December 15, 2010 to promote the traditional New Year's concert on January 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest cond

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the general rehearsal of the traditional New Year's Concert on December 30, 2010 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, will be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest cond

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the general rehearsal of the traditional New Year's Concert on December 30, 2010 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, will be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest cond

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (C)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (C) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest cond

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest cond

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest cond

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz

    People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz

    People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R)

    Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest (R) conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz

    People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz

    People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz

    People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons salutes

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons salutes the crowd after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons salutes

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons salutes the crowd after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) ges

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) gestures to the audience after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (R) ges

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (R) gestures to the audience after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) ges

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) gestures to the audience after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) ges

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) gestures to the audience after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conduct

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducts the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra harpist Charlotte Balzereit, violinist Olesya Kurylak, concert master Albena Danailova and violinist Isabelle Ballot pose in new morning suits on December 15, 2010 to promote the traditional New Year's concert on January 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra harpist Charlotte Balzereit, violinist Olesya Kurylak, concert master Albena Danailova and violinist Isabelle Ballot pose in new morning suits on December 15, 2010 to promote the traditional New Year's concert on January 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) ges

    Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (C) gestures to the audience after conducting the traditional New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1, 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein golden concert hall. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra harpist Charlotte Balzereit, violinist Olesya Kurylak, Austrian designer Markus Binder, concert master Albena Danailova and violinist Isabelle Ballot pose in new morning suits on December 15, 2010 to promote the traditional New Year's concert on January 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    From left: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra harpist Charlotte Balzereit, violinist Olesya Kurylak, concert master Albena Danailova and violinist Isabelle Ballot pose in new morning suits on December 15, 2010 to promote the traditional New Year's concert on January 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

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