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New Year celebrations have begun across the world, with revelers in Australia and New Zealand among the first to welcome 2016.

Crowds counted down the last seconds of 2015 at Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand with a laser show and fireworks display.

Up to 25,000 people had been expected to turn up for the festivities.

In Australia, fireworks lit up Sydney harbor at midnight. A million were expected to turn up.

New Zealand welcomed in 2016 an hour after Samoa and Kiribati, the first countries to ring in the New Year.

As the New Year sweeps across Asia, major cities like Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing will kick off their own celebrations.

In Egypt, festivities will be staged in front of the pyramids near Cairo, as the government works to revive its tourist industry.

Meanwhile, in Dubai, an extravagant display will illuminate the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, with 400,000 LED lights and 1.6 tons of fireworks set to be used.Happy New Year 2016

In Europe, approximately one million people will countdown at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany’s capital, Berlin.

Despite security fears across the continent, many major public events are going ahead, though with heightened security restrictions.

In Madrid, only 25,000 people will be allowed into the Puerta del Sol Square. More than 100,000 people are expected to watch the Mayor of London’s fireworks show, a ticketed event.

Over in Sierra Leone, the declared end of Ebola will mark a return to festivities, after Freetown, the capital, was left deserted a year ago due to the disease’s outbreak.

As 2016 finally reaches the Americas, up to a million people are expected to converge on Times Square in New York, amid tight security, to watch the famous ball descend.

On Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, crowds will not only mark the New Year – they will also fete the 100th anniversary of Samba music, and the upcoming summer Olympics.

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People around the globe have gathered to welcome in the New Year, with New Zealand and Australia leading the celebrations.

A giant clock in Auckland’s Sky Tower counted down the minutes until midnight, when fireworks erupted.New Year celebrations 2015

Up to 1.5 million people have lined the shores of Sydney harbor in preparation for the city’s famous firework display.

Celebration plans have been muted in Indonesia, however, in the wake of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash.

In Brazil, more than one million people will join the crowds on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, while New Yorkers will watch the city lower its trademark crystal ball over Times Square.

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It seems that Ice-T has resolved all of his issues with his glamour wife Coco Austin as they both toasted the New Year in style at a party at LAX club in Las Vegas.

Coco Austin, who is currently starring in Vegas striptease Peepshow, took the night off to spend time with her musician husband, draping herself around him as they posed for photographs.

True to her trademark style, the 33-year-old left very little to the imagination in a thigh-skimming, silver mini-dress with an eye-popping neck line.

Making the most of her assets, the incredibly curvy Ice Loves Coco star seemed keen to remind everyone of just why she is famous as she nearly spilled out of the delicate, sheer dress.

Coco Austin wore her bleach blonde hair in perfectly curled ringlets which fell down her back and certainly didn’t stint on the make-up for the big night, adding bright pink lipstick and pink eye-shadow.

Ice-T has and Coco Austin toasted the New Year in style at a party at LAX club in Las Vegas

Ice-T has and Coco Austin toasted the New Year in style at a party at LAX club in Las Vegas

Ice-T was a little more covered up, looking dapper in a tuxedo as he kept one eye on his blonde bombshell of a wife at all times.

As the party got underway, Coco Austin added a Happy New Year head band on her head and sipped from a glass of her champagne.

She puckered up as her husband went in for a kiss to ring in 2013, and the pair looked as loved up as ever as they attempted to put split rumors to bed.

Just a few weeks ago, Ice-T was rocked when photos of Coco Austin cuddling up to AP.9 surfaced, and he vented his anger on Twitter.

While the couple looked decidedly back on during New Year’s Eve, rumors circulates that Ice-T was contemplating splitting from Coco Austin.

Revelers in Times Square welcomed in 2013 with a spectacular display of fireworks and confetti as they watched the famous Waterford crystal ball make its annual descent to mark the New Year.

They were in good company, as world famous artists like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Psy performed at the Crossroads of the World.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by the Radio City Rockettes on Monday night to kick off the festivities, with a crowd of approximately one million spectators crammed into the neighborhood to witness the magic of the 108-year-old tradition.

Tourists stood in Times Square for the better part of the day, braving the frigid New York City weather to spend New Year’s Eve under the dazzling lights of the theater district in midtown Manhattan. However, the event is often avoided by native New Yorkers, who tend to favor quieter and warmer celebrations.

A blocks-long line of bundled-up revelers with New Year’s hats and sunglasses boasting “2013” formed hours before the first ball drop in decades without Dick Clark, who died in April and was to be honored with a tribute concert and his name printed on pieces of confetti.

Security in Times Square was tight, with a mass of uniformed police and plainclothes officers assigned to blend into the crowd. With police Commissioner Ray Kelly proclaiming that Times Square would be the “safest place in the world on New Year’s Eve”, officers used barriers to prevent overcrowding and checkpoints to inspect vehicles, enforce a ban on alcohol and check handbags.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke briefly with Ryan Seacrest ahead of the night’s festivities about the conspicuous absence of the late great Dick Clark.

He wished Ryan Seacrest a happy new year, and joked that he hoped he would be invited after this next year. Michael Bloomberg, having now served three terms in office, cannot pursue another term.

Revelers in Times Square welcomed in 2013 with a spectacular display of fireworks and confetti as they watched the famous Waterford crystal ball make its annual descent to mark the New Year

Revelers in Times Square welcomed in 2013 with a spectacular display of fireworks and confetti as they watched the famous Waterford crystal ball make its annual descent to mark the New Year

Twenty minutes before the Waterford ball was scheduled to fall, Taylor Swift performed I Knew You Were Trouble, wearing a slim-fitting metallic red jacket and skin-tight leather pants. Her famous golden curls were tamed instead into a sleek blowout.

She then went straight into her other single, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

South Korean rapper Psy, who turned 35 today, wore a furry white coat and slim black turtleneck to perform his hit Gangnam Style, which has taken the world by storm with its infectious chorus.

He was joined by fellow rapper MC Hammer for a mash-up of Gangnam Style and Can’t Touch This.

In addition, Carley Rae Jepsen performed her song of the summer, Call Me Maybe.

Spectators enjoyed hourly shows in anticipation of the midnight finale. At midnight, the Times Square ball, covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and illuminated by more than 32,000 colored LEDs, will drop to mark the official start of 2013 in the U.S.

The star-studded lineup promises onlookers a show like no other but this year marks the sad absence of Dick Clark, the TV presenter whose legendary Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve has been a favorite on U.S. televisions every December 31 since its inception in 1974.

Dick Clark passed away in April at the age of 82.

He had already been training his heir apparent, radio personality, American Idol host and NBC correspondent Ryan Seacrest, and Seacrest will take the helm at the show tonight, carrying on Dick Clark’s legacy.

In advance of the midnight celebration, thousands of New Year’s revelers have already begun to pack into the waiting pens in Times Square to witness the annual tradition, as a crowd of one million people is set to make their way to the block party extraordinaire.

The waiting pens, set up to avoid a crowd surge, have been erected starting at West 40th St. and go all the way up to Central Park South around 59th St.

Police presence in the Broadway tourist trap is already intense but with the influx of visitors, law enforcement will be out in full force. Trash cans have already been removed, mail boxes sealed and handbags and vehicles are regularly being checked.

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Celebrations are being held around the world to mark the New Year, with the city of Auckland in New Zealand holding the first major events of 2013.

Crowds began to gather on Monday evening in Sydney in anticipation of the city’s famous firework display.

Big shows are also planned in many other cities globally.

Celebrations will also be held for the first time in Burma, where large public gatherings were banned by its previous military rulers.

Tens of thousands are expected to attend the celebrations in Rangoon, which will feature a fireworks display and performances by Burmese entertainers.

Reports say the festivities will be broadcast live on Burmese television.

The celebration is seen as the latest sign of the country’s liberalization under its military-backed civilian government.

Celebrations are being held around the world to mark the New Year, with the city of Auckland in New Zealand holding the first major events of 2013

Celebrations are being held around the world to mark the New Year, with the city of Auckland in New Zealand holding the first major events of 2013

However, there is a subdued atmosphere in the Indian capital Delhi, following the death last week of a 23-year-old victim of a brutal gang rape.

The army has cancelled its celebrations across the country, as have the governments in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Thousands of residents and clubs have also called off New Year celebrations. Protests over the case continued on Monday.

Later on, festivities will be held in European cities including Moscow, Paris and London.

More than two million people are expected to be on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach.

New York will mark the New Year with the traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and ball drop over Times Square.

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