December 31, 2011

Fireworks to welcome in New Year

Revellers around the world are celebrating the end of 2011 and starting to see in 2012.

Bad weather prompted some New Zealand planners to cancel outdoor events, but a fireworks display off Auckland's Sky Tower started at midnight (1100 GMT).

Sydney was up next, with a spectacular display set to music in the city's world famous harbour.

In Tokyo, people released helium balloons in front of the Tokyo Tower at midnight with notes attached listing their hopes for 2012.

In Hong Kong the countdown to 2012 was made in giant illuminated numbers on the side of a skyscraper facing the harbour.

And Dubai welcomed 2012 with a firework display around the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa

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