Castro's dream for Cuba's artists
Jigme Sherpa brings hope to Nepal's quake victims
01 Jan 2013 08:56 GMT
Fireworks lighted up the sky from The Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, December 31.
Tens of thousands of people lined Hong Kong(***)s Victoria Harbour to view a $1.6m fireworks display, said to be the biggest ever in the city.
After nearly five decades under military rule that discouraged or banned big public gatherings, about 90,000 people witnessed Myanmar(***)s first New Year(***)s Eve countdown in a field in the largest city of Yangon.
People gathered to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near Panmunjom, which borders South and North Korea.
Two revellers kissed each other as they celebrated the new year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.
Indians lighted candles to welcome the New Year across cities like Allahabad. Celebrations in the country were muted following the recent gang rape of a young woman that triggered mass protests.
Egyptian activists held candles as they took part in a rally on the second anniversary of the attack on the All Saints Church (al-Qiddissine) in the city of Alexandria.
Pope Benedict XVI visited the Nativity at St Peter(***)s Square in the Vatican. He said that despite all the death and injustice, goodness prevails.
Palestinians waved their flag as they celebrated New Year(***)s Eve in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Spanish inhabitants of Campello, a town near the southeastern city of Alicante, posed with a banner reading "Happy New Year 2013" as they welcomed the New Year.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate the New Year in front of St Basil cathedral at Red Square in Moscow.
Caribbean island has one of the lowest connectivity rates in the world with just 3.4 percent of households online.
Internet, Cuba, United States
Italians grow weary of asylum seekers amid the steady flow of migrants and the country's economic woes.
Migrants, Immigration, Italy
Allegations of major security failures surrounding submarines in Scotland put nukes on the radar.
War & Conflict, Science & Technology, Europe
Drug use has soared on the African island and women are the most vulnerable.
Drugs, Addiction, Health
People & Power investigates how a match-fixer and his syndicate corrupted global football.
Sport, Football, Corruption
Are advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies leading to fewer jobs and more inequality?
Science & Technology, United States, Silicon Valley
101 East follows one man's mission to restore hope to survivors of Nepal's worst natural disaster in recent history.
Humanitarian crises, Environment, Nepal
The FIFA presidential candidate explains why he is challenging Sepp Blatter and how he plans to reform the organisation.
Sport, Middle East, FIFA