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A Myanmar worker puts up a sign to bring in the new year ahead of Myanmar's first public New Year countdown celebration at the Myoma grounds in Yangon on December 31, 2012. Some 50,000 people are also expected to flock to the revered golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon for the Myanmar city's first public countdown with fireworks, seen as further evidence of opening up after decades of junta rule. AFP PHOTO / Soe Than WIN

World welcomes New Year 2013

January 1, 2013

A wave of dazzling firework displays and festivities from Dubai to Sydney say goodbye to 2012 and welcome the new year.