1 January 2012
Last updated at 10:08
Countries around the world have been celebrating the arrival of 2012. In Australia, Sydney staged a spectacular fireworks show with the theme "Time to Dream".
Residents of Tokyo released balloons at midnight with messages attached listing their wishes for 2012.
South Koreans celebrated New Year with a traditional fire ceremony on top of a hill, near the demilitarised zone with the North.
Some 400,000 people turned out in Hong Kong to see a lavish fireworks display. In previous years Hong Kong businesses had paid for the celebrations, but as purse-strings tighten this year's event had to be funded by the taxpayer.
At the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, visitors were showered with confetti during a light show to celebrate the arrival of 2012.
Thousands of people joined celebrations in Red Square, Moscow, despite stringent security checks and a ban on alcohol.
Large crowds of Spaniards counted down to 2012 in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, many of them observing a local tradition by eating 12 grapes in time with the chiming of the square's clock.
In London, thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames to watch a dazzling fireworks display light up the night sky.
Meanwhile, in Berlin, up to a million people celebrated the country's biggest New Year's Eve Party at the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Revellers in Brazil enjoyed a massive fireworks display at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Crowds packed into New York's Times Square to send off the year. The highlight of the celebrations was the lowering of a large crystal ball - a tradition that started more than a century ago.
As celebrations moved west with midnight, fireworks lit up the sky over Las Vegas and the city's gambling strip, packed with replicas of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower.
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