A woman celebrates the new year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Jeneiro on Jan 1. More than two million people gathered along Rio’s most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year.
Confetti covered the New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall at the Times Square Information Center in New York City Friday. All the pieces of paper, bearing wishes for 2012 from around the world, will rain down on revellers during the New Year’s Eve party in Times Square.
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Filipino police displayed their taped-up pistols at Camp Crame in suburban Quezon, north of Manila, on Tuesday. The Philippines is working to thwart the traditional New Year’s celebratory gunfire that injures or kills several people each year.