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New Year’s Eve: Global celebrations usher in 2015

New Year’s Eve: Global celebrations usher in 2015

New Year’s Eve: Global celebrations usher in 2015

Fireworks light up the skies around the world as millions welcome 2015

Celebrations to mark the start of 2015 have taken place around the world, with firework displays in a host of major cities.

New Zealand led the way, with Sydney Harbour providing a spectacular backdrop to Australia’s display.

There was shock in Asia as a crush in Shanghai, China saw 35 people die marking the start of 2015.

The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai aimed to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade.

It launched its spectacular display centred on the world’s tallest building.

Thousands of people celebrated in New York’s Times Square for the city’s annual New Year’s Eve festivities, but this year security was tight as a protest took place nearby against police use of force and the state of race relations in the country.

Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco were among the last major cities to see in the new year.

In this aerial image over Midtown, Manhattan, revellers are seen taking part in New Year"s Eve celebrations in Times Square (01 January 2015)Thousands thronged the streets of New York to see in the new year
Fireworks explode above the Strip to ring in the new year on 1 January 2015, in Las VegasThe world renowned strip in Las Vegas saw a spectacular display of fireworks
Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations (01 January 2015)In London the celebrations were centred around the London Eye by the River Thames
Revellers gather near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris (31 December 2014)In France revellers gathered near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris
People cheer on the Piazza Venezia to celebrate the new year in Rome (01 January 2015)

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