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In pictures: New Year celebrations around the world

2013 gets underway with a bang.

Fireworks mark the stroke of midnight in central London.

The sky behind the London Eye during the fireworks display.

Celebrations in Sydney.

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Revellers on Copacobana Beach in Brazil.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg dances with The Rockettes.

Fireworks over the Parthenon in Athens.

Cologne in Germany.

Taking a dip in the holy water at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.