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Around the World on New Year's Day

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM
AP Pope Francis kisses a statue of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a New Year mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Vatican City.
AP People celebrate with glasses of champagne in the cold water of Lake Geneva during the traditional New Year's swim, in Geneva, Switzerland. Around 70 swimmers took part in the 21st edition of the traditional bath to mark the New Year.
AP A South Korean Christian hangs a ribbon with messages on a wire fence as a sign of his hopes for the reunification of the two Koreas after a service to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak near the border village of the Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year's speech that he is open to more talks or even a summit with his South Korean counterpart, a statement welcomed by Seoul, which in turn urged the North to take concrete steps toward normalisation of relations.
Kenyan children with painted faces enjoy a ride on a carousel during the New Year celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of Kenyans gathered with their children to celebrate at the park.
AP Indians watch Raju, 5, perform a rope balancing act at a park in Kolkata, India. Many people visited the public park on the first day of the New Year.