In pictures: New Year celebrations around the world

The world welcomed in 2018 in a blaze of fireworks and spectacular midnight laser show.
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General view of Burj Khalifa New Year laser light show as Dubai breaks the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building on December 31, 2017 in Dubai.
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Fireworks lighting the sky during celebrations to mark the New Year's eve celebrations in Abu Dhabi.
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Fireworks light the sky over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney early on January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode over Prague Castle during the traditional New Year's firework in Prague in the evening of January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode over the Ebrie lagoon during New Year celebrations in Abidjan on January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode in Times Square on New Year's Eve on January 1, 2018 in New York City.
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This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken and released on January 1, 2018 shows fireworks ushering in the New Year in Pyongyang.
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A Pakistani man dances on a street next to fireworks as he celebrates the new year during in the port city of Karachi early on January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explore over Victoria Harbour on New Year's Eve on January 1, 2018 in Hong Kong, China.
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People watch fireworks during New Year's celebrations at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 1, 2018. ()
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Fireworks explode above Ljubljana castle during New Year's celebrations just after midnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate during New Year's festivities on January 1, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Tens of thousands of revelers gathered in the city center to celebrate New Year's Eve.
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Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations, on January 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode by the Ancient Acropolis in Athens during the New Year celebrations on December 31, 2017.
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Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during New Year's Eve celebrations of 2018 on on January 1, 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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Fireworks light up the Taiwan skyline and Taipei 101 during New Years Eve celebrations just after midnight on January 1, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Fireworks explode over Victoria harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January 1, 2018. ()
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Over 5 minutes of fireworks from the Sky Tower during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 1, 2018 in Auckland. New Zealand is one of the first major cities in the world to ring in the New Year.
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