Wednesday 1 March 2017

In Pictures: Happy New Year! The world celebrates the arrival of 2017

Fireworks explode over the Kremlin, during the New Year celebration in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. New Year's Eve is Russia's major gift-giving holiday, and big Russian cities were awash in festive lights and decorations. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin, during the New Year celebration in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. New Year's Eve is Russia's major gift-giving holiday, and big Russian cities were awash in festive lights and decorations. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin, during New Year celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. New Year is Russia's major gift-giving holiday, and big Russian cities were awash in festive lights and decorations. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin, during New Year celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. New Year is Russia's major gift-giving holiday, and big Russian cities were awash in festive lights and decorations. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
Fireworks are seen as people celebrate the centenary year of Finnish independence that kicks off on New Year's Eve at Toolonlahti, Helsinki, Finland December 31, 2016. Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva Reuters
Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year at the Mall of Asia, the country's largest shopping mall Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. The country's notorious tradition of dangerous New Year's Eve celebrations persisted after President Rodrigo Duterte delayed to next year his ban on the use of powerful firecrackers, often worsened by celebratory gunfire. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Police hold a group of men in front of Hauptbahnhof main railway station, where on New Year's Eve one year ago hundreds of apparently coordinated sexual assaults were perpetrated against women, prior to New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. City authorities have deployed around 1,500 police officers - more than 10 times last year's number, to maintain security during this year's festivities. Security across Germany is high due also to the recent Berlin terror attack, in which suspect Anis Amri drove a truck into a Christmas market and killed 12 people. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
People pose for pictures as they attend a New Year's Eve countdown event in Beijing, China, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
German police men guard the venue at the Brandenburg Gate, during the upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations in Berlin, Germany, December 31, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
A juggler performs during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Hajduszoboszlo, 207 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP)
A young woman writes '2017' using a sparkler during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Nyiregyhaza, 245 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (Attila Balazs/MTI via AP)
Dancers perform during a New Year's Eve countdown event in Beijing, China, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
An armoured police vehicle is pictured in front of the Victory Column, near the Brandenburg Gate, ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations in Berlin, Germany December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year's Eve in Hong Kong, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Dancers abseil up the columns during the Sky dance event at The Custom House, Dublin Photo: Tony Gavin 31/12/2016
Pyrotechnics during the Sky dance event at The Custom House, Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/12/2016
A dancer performs during the Sky dance event at The Custom House. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/12/2016
A dancer performs during the Sky dance event at The Custom House. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/12/2016
Dancers fly high during the Sky dance event at The Custom House. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/12/2016
A boat flies over the Liffey in Dublin during the Sky dance event at The Custom House. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/12/2016
Fireworks explode around the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations get underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Pope Francis kisses a statue of the Infant Jesus as he celebrates a new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge during an early evening display in the lead up to the main New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Fireworks explode around the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations get underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House during an early evening display in the lead up to the main New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Charlotte Kent from Huddersfield in England wears glowing glasses and a headset for 2017 before watching the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House during an early evening display in the lead up to the main New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Fireworks cascade under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations are underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge during an early evening display in the lead up to the main New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
People attend a protest demanding South Korean President Park Geun-hye's resignation in Seoul, South Korea, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
A woman attends a protest demanding South Korean President Park Geun-hye's resignation in Seoul, South Korea, December 31, 2016. The sign reads "Regime change in the New Year". REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Fireworks explode off Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand, Jan 1, 2017. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)
Fireworks explode off Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand, Jan 1, 2017. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)
Fireworks explode off Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand, Jan 1, 2017. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)
Visitors are frisked before entering the venue at the Brandenburg Gate, ahead of the upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations in Berlin, Germany December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Armed French soldiers patrol the Grands Boulevards area as emergency security measures continue ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations in and around the French capital, in Paris, France December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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