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Wed Jan 2, 2013 6:45pm IST

1 of 24. A woman celebrates the New Year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2013. More than two million people gathered along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year.

Credit: Reuters/Pilar Olivares

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