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January 1: A couple kisses while watching fireworks explode minutes after midnight along Copacabana Beach
during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A masked boy stands near a group of French soldiers in Bangui, Central African Republic
Marching musicians wear rain ponchos as they perform at the 28th annual New Year's Day parade in London
A boy stands next to a camel during the Ghat festival, in the Libyan desert. The annual event celebrates Tuareg
traditional culture, folklore and heritage
A man jumps from an ice brick during a winter triathlon in Shenyang, China
People hold glasses of champagne as they celebrate in Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Municipal employees clean up the Old Market after New Year's Eve celebrations in Krakow, Poland
Sabine Kehm, press officer of former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, talks to the media
outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre where Schumacher is being treated for a severe head injury
following a skiing accident
Crowds of people visit the beach on New Year's Day in Durban, South Africa
A Buddhist devotee offers prayers next to burning incense, at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
January 1, 2014. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Boudhanath Stupa is considered one of the
holiest places for Buddhists.
An Indian Sikh devotee takes a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India,
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees stand in a queue to pay obeisance at the Golden
Temple, Sikhs' holiest shrine, on the first day of the New Year.
A man watches Mount Sinabung as it spews clouds of gas during an eruption in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra,
Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since
A Kashmiri man walks under the snow-covered trees after heavy snowfall during winter in Srinagar January 1,
2014. The Srinagar-Jammu highway, Kashmir valley's link with the rest of the country, has been closed on
Tuesday following heavy snowfall, local media reported.
Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a shot in his match against Matthew Ebden of Australia during the Brisbane
International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Three children bring Pope Francis the offertory as he celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican,
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Indian families enjoy a ride on decorated horse driven carts on a street on the first day of the New Year, in
Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 .
Pakistani Christians attend a prayer service on the first day of the New Year at a local church in Lahore,
Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
A Chinese woman prays on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
The sun shines on the first day of 2014 as smog from the New Year revelry covered high rise buildings in Manila
January 1, 2014.
Police officers stand in confetti after it was dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations in
Times Square in New York January 1, 2014.
A Buddhist devotee prays at a temple during New Year celebrations in Colombo January 1, 2014. Sri Lankans
start the new year by visiting temples to participate in religious ceremonies, praying for success in life and
Kei Nishikori of Japan serves in the afternoon light to Matthew Ebden of Australia during their men's singles
match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 1, 2014.
A man takes pictures of "Ema", small wooden plaques, displayed at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo January 1, 2014.
A Japanese cabinet member visited a shrine seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression on
Wednesday, pouring salt on a fresh wound after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pilgrimage there last week drew
sharp criticism from China and South Korea.
Pope Francis leads a mass at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2014.
Members of the Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) ice swimmers club take a dip in Lake Orankesee during their
traditional New Year swimming event in Berlin January 1, 2014.
Swimmers in fancy dress participate in the New Year's Day Looney Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland
January 1, 2014,
A performer dressed as Hindu god Shiva sits on a motorcycle as he participates in the 30th Cochin Carnival at
Fort Kochi in the southern Indian city of Kochi January 1, 2014. The Carnival is held annually to welcome the
start of the New Year.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attend a protest against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, in
the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem January 1, 2014. Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on
Wednesday against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, a proposal supported by the
secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the burden on Israeli society.
January 1: A father rushes his daughter to a hospital after being hit with a stray bullet following the raucous
celebration to welcome the New Year in Manila, Philippines. Traditionally, Filipinos welcome the New Year with
fireworks and firecrackers, including indiscriminate firing of their guns which sometimes result in injuries and
January 1: A Buddhist man splashes colored water on the dome of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Boudhanath Stupa is considered one of the holiest places for
January 1: Italy's Maurizio Palmulli, known as "Mister Ok," dives into the Tiber River from the 59 ft. high Cavour
Bridge in Rome to celebrate the New Year.
A happy-looking seal plays in its tank at Zoo Marine in Portugal
A man takes part in the annual New Year's Day swim in Oranke Lake in Berlin
A baby orangutan gently bites his mother's nose at the Tama Zooligical Park in Tokyo
Miley Cyrus performs
as thousands of
revelers gather in New
York's Times Square to
celebrate New Year's
A woman holds a champagne bottle during New Year's Eve celebrations in Bucharest, Romania. Tens of
thousands of Romanians took to the streets of the Romanian capital to join parties and watch fireworks.
Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he leads a mass at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on New
A man plays with a soap bubble while celebrating New Year's day at a park in Manila
People living in Montevideo's
financial district throw water at
people to celebrate the end of the
A man gets a sand bath from friends as thousands of people took to the beaches on New Year's Day in Durban
A participant rides a sledge with wheels during a winter triathlon competition in Shenyang, Liaoning province
An artist from the state of Orissa performs a mask dance based on the theme of 'Save Nature, Save Tigers'
during a two-day long festival in Bhopal
People dressed up as giant pandas Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan from Taipei Zoo perform with their panda cub
Yuan Zai (R) during a flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Office Square in Taipei
Indian policemen laugh as they participate in a 'laughing yoga' session in Jalandhar. The laughing yoga sessions
have been introduced into the Punjab state police force as a stress management method for its servicemen.
People gather at daybreak on the top steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking toward the Washington Monument to
watch the first sunrise of the New Year in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
People watch the sun rise on New Year's Day in "Gaviota Azul" beach in Cancun, Mexico.
A couple dances in the "Golden Hall" as Israeli Argentine-born conductor Daniel Barenboim conducts the
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Year's Concert in Vienna.
Members of a marching band shelter from the rain before performing at the 28th annual New Year's Day parade
People take part in the traditional sea bath during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2014 at Malo-Les-Bains
beach in Dunkirk, northern France.
Japan's Noriaki Kasai soars through the air to take the sixth place during the second jumping of the four-hills
tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany.
Dunes in the Libyan desert in Ghat, about 1,360 km (845 miles) south of Tripoli, Libya
An Indian vendor blows soap bubbles to attract customers at a park in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Many people visited the public park on the first day of the New Year.
Argentine-born Maestro Daniel Barenboim, center, conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the
traditional New Year's concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 1,
A woman with a New Years hat attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner
Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio
overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Sri Lankan Buddhists stand in a queue to offer flowers and pray at a temple on the first day of the New Year
before commencing their work, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
People toast with champagne while swimming in the cold water, during the annual swim in the Lake of Geneva
for celebrating the New Year at the Bains des Paquis, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
1 January 2014: Pictures of the Day
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Children throw snow at each other in Srinagar, India