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PHOTOS: Spectacular fireworks from around the world

Published:Monday | January 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM
A patron captures the breathtaking fireworks on the waterfront on Kingston last night - Ricardo Makyn/Gleaner Photographer

Major cities around the world welcomed 2018 with dazzling fireworks and other pyrotechnics early Monday morning to the customary cheer and excitement of spectators.

Photographers of The Associated Press captured the spectacle.

BELARUS: People watch the fireworks display over the central square during the New Year's celebration in the Belarusian town of Novogrudok.

GERMANY: Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate during New Year's celebrations shortly after midnight in Berlin.

AUSTRALIA: Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney.

HONG KONG: Fireworks over the Victoria Harbour during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of year 2018 in Hong Kong. 

IRAQ: Iraqis watch fireworks explode during the New Year celebrations in Baghdad early Monday.

TAIWAN: Fireworks at the Taipei 101 building during the New Year's celebrations in Taipei.

GREECE: Fireworks rain over the temple of the Parthenon at the Acropolis hill to mark the New Year's celebrations in Athens.

RUSSIA: People take pictures as fireworks light up the Kremlin, during New Year celebrations in Moscow. New Year is Russia's major gift-giving holiday

MALAYSIA: Fireworks in front of the landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur.

SINGAPORE: The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay lit up at the stroke of midnight to mark the New Year's celebrations on Monday.