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People Around The Globe Mark The New Year

Source: RFE/RL

Cities across the world have rung in the New Year with fireworks and street celebrations. In New York, tourists and locals cheered amid confetti and fireworks in Times Square as they counted down the remaining seconds of the old year.

See photos of new year celebrations around the globe on CNN's website:
Photos: The world rings in the new year

Earlier, in London, spectacular firework displays lit up the skyline, as Big Ben struck midnight to usher in the New Year.

Among the thousands who gathered along the length of the Thames River that runs through London, it seemed everyone had a wish for a better year to come.

"My New Year's wish," one London reveler confided, "if I can win the Euromillions [lottery] tomorrow -- that would be my wish."

But if he was wishing to win the lottery and start 2013 with millions of euros in his pocket, others had more down-to-earth dreams.

"A really good job, a really good husband, and a house, so there!" another Londoner said.

Still earlier, in Moscow, crowds toasted the New Year on Red Square.

In India, residents and tourists joined in the festivities in Mumbai and dozens of other major cities.

One tourist who gave her name as Maria sent her greeting from Mumbai to the rest of the world: "We just wish everybody all around the world a happy new year, a safe new year, and everybody to be happy together."

Not all celebrations around the globe ended happily.

Celebratory gunfire killed a 4-year-old boy, and more than 400 others were injured by powerful firecrackers in typically rowdy New Year's celebrations in the Philippines.

With the dawn of New Year's Day behind much of the world, clean-up crews were hard at work to sweep away the spent fireworks and make room for the rest of 2013 to return to normal.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

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World Leaders Mark New Year
Source: VOA

Pope Benedict has called for world peace and condemned inequalities between the rich and the poor in a New Year's Day Mass.

The pontiff spoke out against what he called "unregulated financial capitalism" in his address from St. Peter's Basilica Tuesday, marking the church's world day of peace.

Other world leaders who have delivered New Year's messages include Russian President Vladimir Putin. He urged Russians to work together, "move confidently forward," and withstand challenges in 2013.

In a surprise broadcast address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said an important issue this year would be removing confrontations between his country and South Korea. He also spoke of building his nation's economy.

Burma's President Thein Sein called for more trust between the government and citizens. He said the world has been "amazed" by his country's political progress, following its transition from military rule.

President Mwai Kibaki marked the New Year by calling for peaceful elections in Kenya, where tensions have been rising ahead of the March 2013 general elections. He said peaceful polling would send a message to the world that Kenya is a "beacon of democracy, freedom and liberty."

In Venezuela, citizens gathered in churches and plazas to pray for ailing President Hugo Chavez, following word that he was suffering from new complications after having surgery last month.

Chavez, who has been battling cancer, is said to be suffering from a respiratory infection.

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