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Around the globe people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, toasts, cheers, and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome the new year. Here's a look at how some of them marked the transition. -- Lloyd Young ( 39 photos total)
A woman celebrates the new year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1. More than two million people gathered along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

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NO RETURN IN MALI
NO RETURN IN MALI: Members of Mali’s military gathered at Bamako Thursday. Five African presidents seeking to restore Mali’s elected government were forced to make a U-turn and head to Ivory Coast to hold their meeting, after demonstrators supporting the junta took over the tarmac. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

BACKSTAGE
BACKSTAGE: Models waited backstage Thursday for a show to start as part of China Fashion Week, which opened in Beijing Wednesday. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

PROTESTS IN TURKEY
PROTESTS IN TURKEY: Sebahat Tuncel, left, a Kurdish member of Turkey’s Parliament, received help as she looked for cover Thursday from water being sprayed during a protest in Ankara against a new education bill. (Umit Bektas/Reuters)

PARAGUAYAN FARMERS
PARAGUAYAN FARMERS: A farmer used a towel as a cape to keep warm during the annual National Farmers Federation march to the Plaza de Armas in Asunción, Paraguay, Thursday. (Jorge Saenz/Associated Press)

RIDING UP A HILL
RIDING UP A HILL: About 1,200 cyclists rode Thursday in stage 4 of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike race in South Africa. (Nic Bothma/European Pressphoto Agency)

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