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New year ushered in with fireworks across the globe

  • Celebrations are being held across the globe to mark the new year.

    More than 1.5 million people gathered in Sydney harbor to watch the city's fireworks display.

    Similar shows took place in Hong Kong, which put on its biggest fireworks display to date and in London, where hundreds of thousands lined the Thames River.

    Celebrations were also held for the first time in Myanmar, where large public gatherings were barred by its previous military rulers.

    Meanwhile in Brazil, more than two million people are expected to gather on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

    New York City ushered in 2013 with the traditional New Year's Eve countdown and ball-drop over Times Square.

    Celebrations were more subdued in the Indian capital New Delhi following the death last week of a 23-year-old victim of gang rape.

    The army called off its celebrations across the country as did the governments in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

    Thousands of residents and clubs also canceled celebrations as candlelit vigils were held for the young woman and other victims of rape in India.

    Venezuela has also canceled its new year celebrations in Caracas following the government’s announcement regarding President Hugo Chavez's health.

    Chavez is currently recovering from his fourth round of cancer-related surgery but has suffered "new complications" due to a respiratory infection.