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A November demonstration against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Designated Secrets Bill drew thousands of protesters. The Japanese Parliament has since passed the law, under which people convicted of leaking classified information will face five to 10 years in prison. Franck Robichon/European Pressphoto Agency/Landov hide caption

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Of 2.3 Million Syrians Displaced By Civil War, 45 Found Home In U.S.

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Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on Jan. 1, 2014, to celebrate the new year. Dubai's glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Zhenya drinks heavily with his friends at a Russian bathhouse in The Irony of Fate, a Soviet-era film that Russians still watch on New Year's Day. Via Mosfilm hide caption

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In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

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Carlos Slim Helu (left) talks with Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine. The magazine lists the Mexican telecom mogul as the world's richest man, with a net worth of $73 billion. Jeremy Piper/AP hide caption

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A young, displaced girl cries after the relative she was with disappears into a row of latrines Sunday at a U.N. compound in Juba, South Sudan. Violence in the country has forced an estimated 70,000 people to take refuge in U.N. compounds. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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NPR's Gregory Warner Talks To Michele Martin, Host Of Tell Me More

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The new year has begun in Australia, where fireworks exploded near Sydney's Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Rob Griffith/AP hide caption

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Sounds of the New Year's celebration in Auckland, New Zealand

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