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Photos! The New Year Bursts 'Round The World

The new year arrived in a burst of celebrations around the world last night. Fireworks brightened night skies in London, Berlin and beyond. Around the globe, people made resolutions that they may or may not keep, but for now, hope is present.

  • Fireworks explode over the Quadriga statue atop the Brandenburg Gate on Jan. 1 in Berlin.
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    Fireworks explode over the Quadriga statue atop the Brandenburg Gate on Jan. 1 in Berlin.
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  • Revelers cheer at midnight in Times Square in New York. Some began camping out Saturday morning.
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    Revelers cheer at midnight in Times Square in New York. Some began camping out Saturday morning.
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  • Visitors are  showered by confetti during a light show at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing Jan. 1.
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    Visitors are showered by confetti during a light show at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing Jan. 1.
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  • An estimated 2 million people attended the annual beach party in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to bring in 2012.
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    An estimated 2 million people attended the annual beach party in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to bring in 2012.
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  • Revelers celebrate in Hong Kong's Times Square Sunday.
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    Revelers celebrate in Hong Kong's Times Square Sunday.
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  • Tens of thousands of people gathered on Red Square in Moscow Jan. 1.
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    Tens of thousands of people gathered on Red Square in Moscow Jan. 1.
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  • London celebrates the arrival of the new year with fireworks over the Houses of Parliament, including St. Stephen's Tower.
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    London celebrates the arrival of the new year with fireworks over the Houses of Parliament, including St. Stephen's Tower.
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Revelers flocked to Times Square in New York as early as Saturday morning when crews were still setting up, and an estimated 2 million people came together on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach to celebrate, as the Associated Press writes.

In Japan, 21-year-old Horie Soichiro told the BBC his wishes for 2012: "I hope it will be a year full of smiles. For those who are crying now, I hope they'll be smiling too."

World leaders also shared their thoughts on what's to come. In his address on French TV Saturday, President Nicolas Sarkozy cautioned that the debt crisis in Europe was not over, and 2012 will be "full of risks, but also of possibilities." As NPR's Marilyn Geewax reports, economists are hoping to see a brighter future in 2012, and control of Europe's debt crisis will play a part in the result.

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