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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
A woman runs after confetti picked up by wind while celebrating the new year at Times Square, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) © The Associated Press A woman runs after confetti picked up by wind while celebrating the new year at Times Square, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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.

People watch the fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) © The Associated Press People watch the fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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.

Revelers bundle up while gathered at Times Square during a New Year's Eve celebration Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) © The Associated Press Revelers bundle up while gathered at Times Square during a New Year's Eve celebration Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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 explode over the Kremlin, during New Year celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. New Year is Russia's major gift-giving holiday, and big Russian cities were awash in festive lights and decorations. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin) © The Associated Press Fireworks explode over the Kremlin, during New Year celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. New Year is Russia's major gift-giving holiday, and big Russian cities were awash in festive lights and decorations. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

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

Revelers celebrate the new year as confetti flies over New York's Times Square as seen from the Marriott Marquis, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Revelers celebrate the new year as confetti flies over New York's Times Square as seen from the Marriott Marquis, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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