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In Pictures: New Year celebrations around the world

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From North Korea to New York city, revellers welcome 2020 with parties, fireworks and dancing.

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel during New Year celebrations in central London, Britain. [Toby Melville/Reuters]

Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel during New Year celebrations in central London, Britain. [Toby Melville/Reuters]

The New Year – and a fresh decade – has been welcomed in across the world.

The party atmosphere swept across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the clock ticked past midnight.

Fireworks, concerts, spiritual ceremonies and political addresses were held across the globe as revellers marked the transition to 2020.

People celebrate the arrival of the year 2020 at a New Year's Eve countdown event near the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Bejing. [Ng Han Guan/AP Photo]

People celebrate the arrival of the year 2020 at a New Year’s Eve countdown event near the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Bejing. [Ng Han Guan/AP Photo]
A man watches fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Bruna Prado/AP Photo]

A man watches fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year’s celebrations, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Bruna Prado/AP Photo]
Students head to play folk games at the square of Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, North Korea on the occasion of new year. [Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo]

Students head to play folk games at the square of Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, North Korea on the occasion of new year. [Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo]
Revelers at Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York City. [David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP]

Revelers at Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. [David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP]
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during New Year's celebrations in Red Square with the Spasskaya Tower, left, in the background in Moscow, Russia. [Denis Tyrin/AP Photo]

Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during New Year’s celebrations in Red Square with the Spasskaya Tower, left, in the background in Moscow, Russia. [Denis Tyrin/AP Photo]
People attend a new year celebration event in Lagos, Nigeria. [Temilade Adelaja/Reuters]

People attend a new year celebration event in Lagos, Nigeria. [Temilade Adelaja/Reuters]
Japanese priestess prepare for New Year prayers at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo. Millions of Japanese people will visit shrines and temples across the country during the first three days of the new year to pray for the well-being of their families. [Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP]

Japanese priestess prepare for New Year prayers at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo. Millions of Japanese people will visit shrines and temples across the country during the first three days of the new year to pray for the well-being of their families. [Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP]
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year's celebrations on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year’s celebrations on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]
A masked demonstrator reacts while ringing in the new year at Plaza Italia during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago, Chile. [Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters]

A masked demonstrator reacts while ringing in the new year at Plaza Italia during a protest against Chile’s government in Santiago, Chile. [Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters]

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