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<p>Students sit in a formation of 2009 during the New Year celebrations outside their school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

Students sit in a formation of 2009 during the New Year celebrations outside their school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Students sit in a formation of 2009 during the New Year celebrations outside their school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a pyrotechnics show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009.  REUTERS/Daniel Munoz </p>

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a pyrotechnics show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a pyrotechnics show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009.  REUTERS/Tim Wimborne </p>

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>People fly balloons to celebrate New Year at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

People fly balloons to celebrate New Year at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People fly balloons to celebrate New Year at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Fireworks explode near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad </p>

Fireworks explode near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Fireworks explode near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

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<p>Fireworks explode from the world's tallest completed skyscraper Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang</p>

Fireworks explode from the world's tallest completed skyscraper Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Fireworks explode from the world's tallest completed skyscraper Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

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<p>Spectators watch a fireworks display amidst the rain during a New Year's eve countdown in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila January 1, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana </p>

Spectators watch a fireworks display amidst the rain during a New Year's eve countdown in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila January 1, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

Spectators watch a fireworks display amidst the rain during a New Year's eve countdown in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila January 1, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>Fireworks explode over Marina Bay and the Esplanade theatre during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Singapore January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Chong </p>

Fireworks explode over Marina Bay and the Esplanade theatre during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Singapore January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Chong

Fireworks explode over Marina Bay and the Esplanade theatre during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Singapore January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Chong

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<p>Spotlights illuminate the sky above Alexander Column in Palace Square as part of a rehearsal for a New Years Eve show in St. Petersburg December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk </p>

Spotlights illuminate the sky above Alexander Column in Palace Square as part of a rehearsal for a New Years Eve show in St. Petersburg December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Spotlights illuminate the sky above Alexander Column in Palace Square as part of a rehearsal for a New Years Eve show in St. Petersburg December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Fireworks explode off and around the IFC, the tallest commercial building in Hong Kong, during New Year celebrations January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Woody Wu </p>

Fireworks explode off and around the IFC, the tallest commercial building in Hong Kong, during New Year celebrations January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Woody Wu

Fireworks explode off and around the IFC, the tallest commercial building in Hong Kong, during New Year celebrations January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Woody Wu

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<p>Children with masks blow trumpets as they wait for New Year's Eve festivities to begin in Budapest December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai </p>

Children with masks blow trumpets as they wait for New Year's Eve festivities to begin in Budapest December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

Children with masks blow trumpets as they wait for New Year's Eve festivities to begin in Budapest December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

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<p>A general overview shows the illuminated fanmile next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, December 31, 2008. Berlin expects one million visitors for its spectacular New Year's Eve party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Sigessaeule. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz </p>

A general overview shows the illuminated fanmile next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, December 31, 2008. Berlin expects one million visitors for its spectacular New Year's Eve party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Sigessaeule. REUTERS/Tobias...more

A general overview shows the illuminated fanmile next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, December 31, 2008. Berlin expects one million visitors for its spectacular New Year's Eve party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Sigessaeule. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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<p>Stilt walkers perform during a New Year's eve countdown at Manila's Makati financial district January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo </p>

Stilt walkers perform during a New Year's eve countdown at Manila's Makati financial district January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Stilt walkers perform during a New Year's eve countdown at Manila's Makati financial district January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

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<p>A tourist makes a video hours before it will fill with people celebrating the New Year in snowy Times Square in New York, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine </p>

A tourist makes a video hours before it will fill with people celebrating the New Year in snowy Times Square in New York, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

A tourist makes a video hours before it will fill with people celebrating the New Year in snowy Times Square in New York, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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<p>Wesley King, of Annapolis, Maryland, gets a head start on the New Year's celebration as he wears a patriotic hat and glasses in Times Square in New York, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine </p>

Wesley King, of Annapolis, Maryland, gets a head start on the New Year's celebration as he wears a patriotic hat and glasses in Times Square in New York, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Wesley King, of Annapolis, Maryland, gets a head start on the New Year's celebration as he wears a patriotic hat and glasses in Times Square in New York, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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<p>Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Skopje square January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski </p>

Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Skopje square January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Skopje square January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

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<p>Revellers celebrate the New Year by watching the Eiffel tower in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

Revellers celebrate the New Year by watching the Eiffel tower in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Revellers celebrate the New Year by watching the Eiffel tower in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>A reveler stands in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

A reveler stands in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A reveler stands in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Fireworks explode behind the Christmas tree during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Skopje, Macedonia, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski </p>

Fireworks explode behind the Christmas tree during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Skopje, Macedonia, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Fireworks explode behind the Christmas tree during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Skopje, Macedonia, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

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<p>Thousands of revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

Thousands of revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Thousands of revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Participants see in the New Year as they dance through the streets of Cape Town as the traditional Cape Malay Choir parade gets underway, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings</p>

Participants see in the New Year as they dance through the streets of Cape Town as the traditional Cape Malay Choir parade gets underway, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Participants see in the New Year as they dance through the streets of Cape Town as the traditional Cape Malay Choir parade gets underway, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>Fireworks explode behind the Big Ben clock on the Houses of Parliament in London during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>

Fireworks explode behind the Big Ben clock on the Houses of Parliament in London during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

Fireworks explode behind the Big Ben clock on the Houses of Parliament in London during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

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<p>Fireworks are seen during New Year's Eve festivities in downtown Budapest January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai</p>

Fireworks are seen during New Year's Eve festivities in downtown Budapest January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

Fireworks are seen during New Year's Eve festivities in downtown Budapest January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

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<p>A couple kisses next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin January 1, 2009.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz </p>

A couple kisses next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

A couple kisses next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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<p>People watch the fireworks during a New Year celebration in Havana January 1, 2009.  REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa </p>

People watch the fireworks during a New Year celebration in Havana January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

People watch the fireworks during a New Year celebration in Havana January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>People gather at Sofia's main square to celebrate New Year's Eve, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Oleg Popov </p>

People gather at Sofia's main square to celebrate New Year's Eve, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

People gather at Sofia's main square to celebrate New Year's Eve, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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<p>U.S. soldiers lift a fellow soldier as they celebrate the new year at U.S. military Camp Taji near Baghdad January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

U.S. soldiers lift a fellow soldier as they celebrate the new year at U.S. military Camp Taji near Baghdad January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

U.S. soldiers lift a fellow soldier as they celebrate the new year at U.S. military Camp Taji near Baghdad January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>People celebrate New Year's Day on an ice rink in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

People celebrate New Year's Day on an ice rink in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

People celebrate New Year's Day on an ice rink in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the hill of the Acropolis during New Year's day celebrations in Athens January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis </p>

Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the hill of the Acropolis during New Year's day celebrations in Athens January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the hill of the Acropolis during New Year's day celebrations in Athens January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

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<p>Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier </p>

Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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<p>Fireworks explode over buildings during New Year's Day celebrations in Warsaw January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel </p>

Fireworks explode over buildings during New Year's Day celebrations in Warsaw January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Fireworks explode over buildings during New Year's Day celebrations in Warsaw January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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<p>Fireworks illuminate the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz </p>

Fireworks illuminate the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Fireworks illuminate the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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<p>Participants see in the New Year as they dance through the streets of Cape Town as the traditional Cape Malay Choir parade gets underway, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings </p>

Participants see in the New Year as they dance through the streets of Cape Town as the traditional Cape Malay Choir parade gets underway, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Participants see in the New Year as they dance through the streets of Cape Town as the traditional Cape Malay Choir parade gets underway, January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>A reveler stands in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

A reveler stands in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A reveler stands in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>People celebrate the New Year as fireworks explode on the "Praca do Comercio" square in Lisbon January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce </p>

People celebrate the New Year as fireworks explode on the "Praca do Comercio" square in Lisbon January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

People celebrate the New Year as fireworks explode on the "Praca do Comercio" square in Lisbon January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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<p>Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos </p>

Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>Fireworks explode in front of National Congress during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Brasilia January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jamil Bittar </p>

Fireworks explode in front of National Congress during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Brasilia January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jamil Bittar

Fireworks explode in front of National Congress during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Brasilia January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jamil Bittar

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<p>Fireworks explode during New Year's day celebrations in Quebec City, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger </p>

Fireworks explode during New Year's day celebrations in Quebec City, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

Fireworks explode during New Year's day celebrations in Quebec City, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

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<p>Revelers pack Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

Revelers pack Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Revelers pack Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Musicians Joe (L) and Kevin Jonas perform in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Musicians Joe (L) and Kevin Jonas perform in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Musicians Joe (L) and Kevin Jonas perform in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Clinton celebrate at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Clinton celebrate at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Clinton celebrate at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Musician Ludacris performs in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Musician Ludacris performs in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Musician Ludacris performs in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>A sailor photographs the ball drop in Times Square as he celebrates the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

A sailor photographs the ball drop in Times Square as he celebrates the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A sailor photographs the ball drop in Times Square as he celebrates the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Clinton embrace at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Clinton embrace at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Clinton embrace at midnight in Times Square after pushing the button to lower the crystal ball during New Year festivities in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>A couple kisses in Times Square as they celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

A couple kisses in Times Square as they celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A couple kisses in Times Square as they celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Revelers pack Times Square as they celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

Revelers pack Times Square as they celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Revelers pack Times Square as they celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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