Photos: New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world

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AUSTRALIA-NEW YEAR New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS

Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom converged on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbor and New York’s Times Square to welcome 2015. A look at how the world is celebrating.