Globe greets 2013 in rolling New Year's party

 Singer Taylor Swift performs during New Year's celebrations on Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York. A million people cheered in New York's Times Square as the traditional crystal ball dropped to mark the start of 2013, bringing a rolling global New Year's party that kicked off in Australia to US shores. (AFP)

 Singer Taylor Swift performs during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York December 31, 2012. (REUTERS)

 Fireworks light up the Dom church on the Rhine river in Cologne , western Germany just after midnight on January 1, 2013. (AFP)

 Fireworks are seen over Times Square during New Year celebrations in New York January 1, 2013. (REUTERS)

People celebrate the first public countdown to the New Year in Yangon on December 31, 2012. Some 50,000 people were expected to gather at the revered golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon for the city's first public countdown to the New Year and fireworks. (AFP)

Fireworks explode over Kim Il Sung Square in celebration of the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called for improving the economy and living standards of his impoverished nation with the same urgency that scientists showed in successfully testing a long-range rocket recently. (AP)

 Pakistani youths celebrate the New Year on a street in Lahore on early January 1, 2013. Asian cities brought in the New Year in spectacular style after Sydney set off a global wave of fireworks, with long-isolated Yangon joining the pyrotechnic celebrations for the first time. (AFP)

Fireworks light up the sky above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1, 2013.  World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the  New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. (AFP)

 People take pictures of the sunrise on New Year's Day at the open-air Sky Deck of Roppongi Hills, some 238 metres (780 ft.) above ground level in Tokyo on January 1, 2013.  Asian capital cities brought in the New Year in spectacular style after Sydney set off a global wave of fireworks, with long-isolated Yangon joining the pyrotechnic partying for the first time. (AFP)

 Fireworks erupt over the Naples skyline in southern Italy on January 1, 2013 to mark New Year's celebrations. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the  New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. (AFP)

Turkish people are pictured on the Galata Bridge on New Year's Eve at Karakoy in Istanbul on December 31, 2012. Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. (AFP)

Spectator boats in Sydney Harbour look on as New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on January 1, 2013. Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. (AFP)

 Lazers light up the sky above Victoria harbour in Hong Kong on December 31, 2012 just a few hours ahead of a midnight countdown and fireworks display.  Sydney will kick off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. Fireworks will light up the Thames in London, Moscow's Red Square and Kremlin and Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, as well as central Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Stockholm, Amsterdam and cities across China. (AFP)

Pakistani pedestrians look at the last sunset of 2012 at a lake view point in Islamabad on December 31, 2012. Sydney will kick off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. (AFP)

Indian sportsmen of Madan mohan malviya stadium, light candles to welcome the New Year in Allahabad on December 31, 2012.  Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. (AFP)

 Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon (C) and participants hit a huge traditional bell to welcome the New Year at the Bosingak pavilion in central Seoul on January 1, 2013. Asian capital cities brought in the New Year in spectacular style after Sydney set off a global wave of fireworks, with long-isolated Yangon joining the pyrotechnic celebrations for the first time. (AFP)

 In this Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau,female impersonator Gary Marion portraying Sushi hangs in an oversized replica of a women's red high heel just before being lowered at the Bourbon St. Pub complex in Key West, Fla. at midnight. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. (AP)

People wave balloons as part of the New Years Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP)

Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP)

Fireworks explode over the London Eye in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP)

 Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP)

MC Hammer (L) and PSY perform during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York December 31, 2012. (REUTERS)

Workmen clean up confetti and garbage left from New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York January 1, 2013. (REUTERS)

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