Sculptor Michael Murphy installs his "LA 2014" sculpture Monday for a New Year's Eve celebration in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. In the background, City Hall displays special lighting being tested for the celebration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles TimesLink
A New Year's Eve reveler in Amritsar, India, is shown a year after India canceled most of its official New Year's celebrations in the wake of a fatal gang rape of a student on a New Delhi bus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARINDER NANU / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
New Year's Eve fireworks light up the skyline of Melbourne, Australia, on the Yarra River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vince Caligiuri / Getty ImagesLink
Tourists and locals celebrate the new year on the waterfront in Queenstown, New Zealand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTY MELVILLE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Actors dressed as the Russian Grandfather Frost and his companion, Snow Maiden, take part in a parade celebrating the approaching new year Tuesday in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man dressed as Santa Claus offers chocolates to people taking their last sea bath of the year in Dinard in western France.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAMIEN MEYER / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Thousands of people in Davao in the Philippines blow their party blowers simultaneously in an attempt to set a world record for the most people "blowing party blowers simultaneously." The goal was to break Japan's record of 6,900.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RITCHIE B. TONGO / EPALink
A man and his horse in Karachi, Pakistan, are silhouetted against the last sunset of the year over the Arabian Sea.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fareed Khan / Associated PressLink
Greek Orthodox clergy sweep the central nave in the Church of the Nativity, at the site considered the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Christmas decorations hang outside a Nike sportswear store in a shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oliver Bunic / BloombergLink
A boatman rows a gondola in the interiors of Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Family and admirers of the late Loren Nancarrow gather on the beach in Cardiff, Calif., after a traditional surfer's paddle-out ceremony. Nancarro, a longtime San Diego TV journalist known for his environmental concerns, died Saturday at age 60 after a long battle with brain cancer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles TimesLink
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