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Thousands of Londoners gathered to see the impressive display of fireworks.

World rings in New Year in blaze of fireworks

Marking the end of 2011, beginning of 2012:

The world rang in the New Year on Sunday with a string of spectacular firework displays watched by millions but overshadowed by fears at what the economic crisis in Europe could bring in 2012.

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Big Ben lights up in fireworks to ring in Olympic New Year

Revellers across the world are celebrating the end of 2011 and starting to see in 2012 with spectacular fireworks displays which lit up the night skies. In London a dazzling fireworks display attracted thousands of people who clamoured to see the impressive display.

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Dozens arrested in Russia New Year protests

'We need a different Russia', chant rings out:

Russian riot police arrested dozens of people on Saturday in Moscow and Saint Petersburg who tried to stage unsanctioned New Year's Eve protests against 12 years of Vladimir Putin's dominant rule. The show of police force marked the first time the authorities cracked down on members of the Russian opposition since allowing two massive rallies on December 10 and December 24.

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New countries join UN Council caught in Arab Spring battle

Five new countries yesterday joined a UN Security Council riven by one of the biggest international splits in years on how to handle the Arab Spring uprisings. Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo start two year terms on the council which has been wounded by air strikes in Libya and is battling over President Bashar al-Assad's deadly crackdown in Syria. Growing tensions around Iran add to the nerves on the 15-member body.

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