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AP Photos: People around the world ring in 2017

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/1/2017 By The Associated Press
Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Revelers around the world have been welcoming 2017 with crackling fireworks displays and loud cheering, saying goodbye to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and the deaths of several beloved performers.

An Indian man lights firecrackers on the street during the New Year celebration in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) © The Associated Press An Indian man lights firecrackers on the street during the New Year celebration in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The people of Sydney were treated to a glittering display over their famed harbor and bridge that honored the singer David Bowie and actor Gene Wilder, who both passed away in 2016.

Children displaced from Pakistani tribal areas due to fighting between security forces and militants play under a tree during the last sunset of the year on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) © The Associated Press Children displaced from Pakistani tribal areas due to fighting between security forces and militants play under a tree during the last sunset of the year on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

The tone was more somber elsewhere, though, including Berlin, where some expressed worry about the political mood in Germany. It was also relatively quiet in China's two largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai.

Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Hundred thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve welcoming the new year 2017 in Germany's capital. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Hundred thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve welcoming the new year 2017 in Germany's capital. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

In New York City, meanwhile, people packed into Times Square hours before midnight to secure coveted spots to watch the annual ball drop.

A woman offers flowers to Yemanja, goddess of the sea, for good luck in the coming year during New Year's Eve festivities on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The belief in the goddess comes from the African Yoruba religion brought to America by West African slaves. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A woman offers flowers to Yemanja, goddess of the sea, for good luck in the coming year during New Year's Eve festivities on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The belief in the goddess comes from the African Yoruba religion brought to America by West African slaves. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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