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Pandemic-Weary World Welcomes 2021 

The Times Square ball is reflected in a nearby building as it is tested out for the media ahead of the New Year's celebration…

The world’s 7.8 billion people are preparing to bid a hearty farewell to 2020, but without the usual fanfare and public gatherings, thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic.  
 
The small central Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati were first to welcome 2021 due to their location on the international date line, with the bigger regional powers of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and South Korea following.   
 
New Zealand’s port city of Auckland rang in the new year with a major laser light show and fireworks display at the iconic Sky Tower, as residents celebrated the island nation’s successful response details ⇒

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