Cheers, tears, prayers for 2020: A new decade is ushered in

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(AP) — 2020 is being rung in around the globe. More than 1 million people descended on Sydney Harbour to see fireworks despite the wildfires ravaging other parts of Australia.

In Hong Kong, revelers as well as pro-democracy protesters came out to usher in the new year.

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Russia held the world’s longest New Year’s celebrations, spread across 11 time zones.

Samoa’s New Year’s Eve remembered the 81 lives lost in a measles epidemic while Pope Francis delighted tourists in St. Peter’s Square when he took a stroll.

In Indonesia, revelers were warned not to get too close to an active volcano.