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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 Times

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 Images

New Year's Eve fireworks light up the skyline of Melbourne, Australia, on the Yarra River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vince Caligiuri / Getty Images

Tourists and locals celebrate the new year on the waterfront in Queenstown, New Zealand.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTY MELVILLE / AFP/Getty Images

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 Images

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 Images

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 / EPA

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 Press

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 Agency

Christmas decorations hang outside a Nike sportswear store in a shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oliver Bunic / Bloomberg

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 Agency

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 Times

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For the final 2013 installment of Pictures in the News, we drop in on some New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world, with fireworks lighting up the skyline in Melbourne, Australia, and tourists and locals celebrating on the waterfront in the Queenstown, New Zealand. Ushering in the new year elsewhere:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Actors dressed as the Russian Grandfather Frost and his companion, Snow Maiden, take part in a new year’s parade.

Dinard, France: A man dressed as Santa Claus offers chocolates to people taking their last sea bath of the year in western France.

Davao, Philippines: Thousands of people simultaneously blow their party blowers for the attempt to break the Guinness book of World Record for the “most number of people blowing party blowers simultaneously.”

Karachi, Pakistan: A man and his horse are silhouetted against the last sunset of the year over the Arabian Sea.

Happy New Year!

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