2015 begins: Shanghai tragedy, fireworks elsewhere

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Revelers converged on the beaches of Brazil, the skyscrapers of Dubai and New York's Times Square to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters.

But tragedy struck in Shanghai, Baghdad was on edge and protesters in the United States planned a sobering reminder of one of the year's biggest stories.

A look around the world:

STAMPEDE IN SHANGHAI

Thirty-five people were killed in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in downtown Shanghai, city officials said.

The deaths - the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in years - occurred at Shanghai's popular riverfront Bund area, which can be jammed with spectators for major events. A Shanghai government statement said early Thursday that another 43 people were injured amid the chaos about a half-hour before midnight.

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Crowds gather to look at flowers left at the site of a New Year's Eve stampede at the Bund in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The New Year's stampede on Shanghai's historic waterfront killed at least 35 revellers, most of them women, and injured dozens more, despite efforts by authorities in China's commercial hub to mitigate the risk of overcrowding. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman places flowers near the site of a New Year's Eve stampede at the Bund in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The New Year's stampede on Shanghai's historic waterfront killed at least 35 revellers, most of them women, and injured dozens more, despite efforts by authorities in China's commercial hub to mitigate the risk of overcrowding. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Police and medical staff give first-aid to the people injured during a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Police and medical staff give first-aid to the people injured during a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Police and medical staff give first-aid to the people injured during a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) The scene of the crowd after a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area is seen on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
This overhead view shows emergency vehicles (C) amongst the crowd after a stampede by new year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said on January 1. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A family member (C) cries on a bench at a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said on January 1. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This overhead view shows people being treated at the scene after a stampede by new year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said on January 1. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said January 1st. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said January 1st. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said January 1st. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 30: (CHINA OUT) Rehearsal of new year's Countdown Party - 5D Light Show for 2015, a year of sheep, is held at The Bund on December 30, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai held a rehearsal of 5D light show performance themed as 'Dream China, Activate Shanghai' to greet the new year's coming on December 30 at The Bund. The light show performance was presented with live-action performances and multi-media interactions. It was said that Shanghai had held four years' light show in the past during the upcoming new year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 30: (CHINA OUT) Rehearsal of new year's Countdown Party - 5D Light Show for 2015, a year of sheep, is held at The Bund on December 30, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai held a rehearsal of 5D light show performance themed as 'Dream China, Activate Shanghai' to greet the new year's coming on December 30 at The Bund. The light show performance was presented with live-action performances and multi-media interactions. It was said that Shanghai had held four years' light show in the past during the upcoming new year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 30: (CHINA OUT) Rehearsal of new year's Countdown Party - 5D Light Show for 2015, a year of sheep, is held at The Bund on December 30, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai held a rehearsal of 5D light show performance themed as 'Dream China, Activate Shanghai' to greet the new year's coming on December 30 at The Bund. The light show performance was presented with live-action performances and multi-media interactions. It was said that Shanghai had held four years' light show in the past during the upcoming new year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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Last week, the English-language Shanghai Daily reported that the annual New Year's Eve countdown on the Bund that normally attracts about 300,000 people had been cancelled, apparently because of crowd control issues. The report said a "toned-down" version of the event would be held instead but that it would not be open to the public.

BREAKING A RECORD IN DUBAI

The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai was aiming to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade with its spectacular display centered on the world's tallest building.

Some 70,000 LED panels around the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa flashed colored lights and projected images of the country's leaders when clocks there struck midnight as a massive fireworks display erupted. The celebration draws throngs of thousands of spectators every New Year's Eve.

Emaar Properties said a team from Guinness World Records monitored the preparations. Last year, Dubai won the title for the world's largest firework display, according to Guinness.

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Thousands gathered along the Thames to welcome in the New Year with a dazzling fireworks display centring on the London Eye, accompanied by a electronic soundtrack and followed by Auld Lang Syne.
Tens of thousands of party-goers took to the streets of Edinburgh, the city known as the home of Hogmanay, to welcome in the new year.
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01 : New Year firework display lights up the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower in Dubai on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 01: Firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year on January 1, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 01: Thousands of people gathered in Sol Square celebrate new year in Madrid, Spain January 1, 2015. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People attend the New Year's Eve countdown event outside the Beijing's National Stadium, Known as the Bird's Nest in Beijing on January 1, 2015 . Beijing is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, with a decision on the winning city to be made in July 2015. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode behind the Quadriga statue on top of the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight on January 1, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Tens of thousands of revelers gathered in the city center to celebrate New Year's Eve. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 01 : Fireworks light up the sky above the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Netherlands on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Yakup Tardemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01 : New Year firework display lights up the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower in Dubai on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ZAGREB, CROATIA - JANUARY 01 : People gather at Ban Jelacic Square to celebrate the new year's eve in Zagreb, Croatia on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Stipe Mayic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Disney characters Mickey (R) and Minnie Mouse (L), dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos, wave to greet guests from a float during the theme park's annual New Year's Day parade at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo on January 1, 2015. The time around New Year's Day is one of the biggest holiday periods every year in Japan. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on January 1, 2015. Just like previous years, the city's iconic skyline along Victoria Harbour will light up with an eight-minute pyrotechnic display, as tens of thousdands of partygoers will flock to the waterfront to celebrate. AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE (Photo credit should read Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)
People cheer during the New Year's Eve countdown event in front of Beijing's National Stadium, Known as the Bird's Nest in Beijing on January 1, 2015. Beijing is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, with a decision on the winning city to be made in July 2015. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 01: Firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year on January 1, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters release over 100 yellow balloons to mark the new year outside a Hong Kong shopping mall on January 1, 2015. After Hong Kong authorities cleared major protest sites that occupied stretches of highways for more than two months, democracy campaigners have found different ways to make their voices heard, with large banners appearing on landmarks and smaller protest gatherings taking place. The yellow colour is a symbol of the city's democracy movement. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
People release balloons beside the Tokyo Tower to celebrate the New Year during an annual countdown ceremony in Tokyo on January 1, 2015. Some 2,000 guests of the Prince Park Tower Tokyo released the balloons in the air, carrying with their new year wishes. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the skies as Singapore ushers in the New Year at the Marina Bay on January 1, 2015 in Singapore. Singapore is set to celebrate her 50th anniversary of independence in 2015 with a year long activity with theme for all Singaporeans to celebrate as one people. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Japanese worshippers pray as they celebrate the New Year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 1, 2015. Million of Japanese people visit shrines and temples to pray for the well-being of their families at the New Year. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean participants strike a huge traditional bell to welcome the New Year at Imjingak peace park in the border city of Paju near the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 1, 2015. In a New Year's message, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on the military to maintain its readiness, saying robust security is a must to lay the groundwork for potential unification with North Korea. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 01: Thousands of people gathered in Sol Square celebrate new year in Madrid, Spain January 1, 2015. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: Performers are seen during celebrations for New Years Eve after the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval on December 31, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
People release sky lanterns to celebrate the New Year in Harbin, on January 1, 2015. Over one million visitors are expected to attend the spectacular Harbin Ice Festival, where buildings of ice are bathed in ethereal lights and international ice sculptors compete for honours. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: A general view of play as fireworks can be seen during celebrations for new years eve during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval on December 31, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: Thousands of Australians sit at Sydney Opera House area, one of the best places to watch the New Year celebrations, early on December 31, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: People gather at the Sydney Opera House to welcome in the new year on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 01: Revelers celebrate as fireworks explode during New Year's festivities on Copacabana Beach on January 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Up to 2 million revelers were expected on Copacabana Beach to watch the annual New Year's fireworks display which this year coincided with the start of the city's 450th anniversary celebrations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
This general view of Marina Bay shows 5,000 red spheres (on the water) been added to the wishing white spheres to form a giant number 50 on the bay on December 31, 2014 to mark Singapores 50th anniversary in 2015. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his New Year message released to the media on December 31 that Singapore's trade-sensitive economy grew at a slower-than-expected rate of 2.8 percent in 2014 as the city-state cut its reliance on foreign workers. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 01: South Africans gather at Mary Fitzgerald Square during the New Year celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 01 : Fireworks light up the sky above the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Netherlands on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Yakup Tardemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANTALYA, TURKEY - JANUARY 01 : A group of Turkish people calling themselves 'Those who swim in winter and summer', celebrate the new year's eve as they swim at Konyalti Beach in Antalya, Turkey on January 01, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People dressed as Father Frost, the equivalent of Santa Claus, and his companion Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) take part in a New Year's parade in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on December 31, 2014. New Year, which was the biggest informal holiday of the year in the former Soviet Union, is also very popular in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
A Shinto priest (R) greets as Japanese worshippers pray as they celebrate the New Year at the Kanda shrine in Tokyo on January 1, 2015. Millions of Japanese people visit shrines and temples to pray for the well-being of their families at the New Year. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

About one million revelers have claimed spots to ring in 2015 in Times Square, some arriving early Wednesday and enduring freezing temperatures and a scarcity of restrooms before the glittering ball drops at midnight.

When the clock strikes and the ball drops, so will 1 ton of confetti containing well wishes for the upcoming year.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said 16-year-old Allie Casertino, who traveled to the city from nearby Glen Falls, New York, with her best friend Melanie Catone.

Crowd Fills Times Square to Welcome New Year

WATCHING THE BALL - OR WHATEVER - DROP

The ball drop is a tradition that's being increasingly copied across the United States with twists celebrating local icons.

Among the items being dropped: a big chili in Las Cruces, New Mexico; a replica peach in Atlanta; a musical note in Nashville, Tennessee; a large pine cone in Flagstaff, Arizona; an oversized spurred cowboy boot in Prescott, Arizona; a 600-pound (270-kilogram) walleye made of wood and fiberglass in Port Clinton, Ohio; an 80-pound (36-kilogram) wedge of cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin; and in Escanaba, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a replica of a pasty (pronounced PAS'-tee) - a baked pastry filled with meat and potatoes.

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TRYING TO CELEBRATE IN BAGHDAD

In Iraq's war-scarred capital, Baghdad authorities ordered a one-off lifting of the overnight curfew in force for more than a decade to allow the city's revelers to stay out late on the streets.

Traffic was unusually heavy starting shortly after sunset and authorities closed commercial streets to vehicles in the city's center as a precaution against possible suicide bombings by militants of the Islamic State terror group.

WASTING AWAY IN BVI

Thousands of partiers arrived on speedboats, yachts and ferries to dance the night away on the tiny Caribbean island of Jost Van Dyke that has long hosted one of the region's biggest, most uninhibited New Year's Eve bashes.

In the British Virgin Islands, Jost Van Dyke balloons from about 300 full-time residents to roughly 5,000 people each New Year's Eve as throngs of barefoot, tipsy people groove to reggae bands on white sands and hop from bar to bar. The annual tradition started in the 1960s on the idyllic island - so small it didn't get electricity until 1992.

"Every year it just gets bigger and bigger. People from all over travel here to get drunk, fall down and just have as much fun as they can," said Tessa Callwood, who runs a world-famous beach bar with her husband, Foxy's Tamarind Bar & Restaurant.

AT THE COPA ... COPACABANA

More than 1 million people are expected to flock to the golden sands of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, where two dozen artists and DJs will perform on three stages. Tourists and locals routinely party until dawn on the beach, staying awake to watch the tropical sun rise for the first time in 2015.

A massive fireworks display that's blasted from boats on the Atlantic Ocean will light the sky over the crowd, which traditionally dresses in all white, a Brazilian tradition to bring purification and a peaceful year. Another tradition calls for partygoers to enter the sea up to their knees and jump over seven waves shortly after the New Year begins, for luck.

Two Million Enjoy Rio Fireworks

POLICE PROTESTS IN U.S.

Amid the celebration, some U.S. cities are on alert for New Year's Eve protests related to recent police killings of unarmed black men.

Activists in Boston staged a peaceful "die-in" during First Night, Boston's popular New Year's Eve celebration. Dozens of people participated in the brief protest in front of the Boston Public Library Wednesday evening while others held signs saying "black lives matter" and "a young black man is two times more likely to be shot dead by police than a white young man."

Police reported no arrests or disruptions to nearby festivities.

No plans for major protests were announced in New York, where the police department is still mourning two officers shot to death in a patrol car. But security will be tight, with more personnel than usual.

Relive 2014 with the best photos of the year:

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A Balinese man throws a burned coconut husk during the 'Mesabatan Api' ritual a head of Nyepi Day on March 30, 2014 in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Mesabatan Api is held annually a day before the Nyepi Day of Silence, as symbolizes the purification of universe and human body trough fire. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or travelling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Recording artist Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

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Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward on August 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by Liberian health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.

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An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobani during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) group on a People's Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center of Kobani, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, October 20, 2014 in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. According to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey will reportedly allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the Syrian city of Kobani while the United States has sent planes to drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurdish fighters around Kobani.

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Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona.

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Blake Lively attends the 'Mr Turner' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France.

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Large crowds cheer and try to catch a glimpse of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she does a walkabout on the South Bank on April 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.

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Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border. Flight 17, on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and carrying 295 passengers and crew, is believed to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile, according to U.S. intelligence officials and Ukrainian authorities quoted in published reports. The area is under control of pro-Russian militias.

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BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 17: A Chinese woman waits in the back of a three-wheeled taxi while sitting in traffic during rush hour on September 17, 2014 in Beijing, China.

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Tear gas rains down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his August 9, death.

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Palestinian men scramble to run away from debris after a bomb from an Israeli air strike hit a house in Gaza City on August 23, 2014. Israel kept up the pressure on Hamas in Gaza, carrying out multiple air strikes that killed six Palestinians, five of them from the same family, as Egypt prepared to convene new truce talks.

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Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13.

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Protesters burn as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. Ukraine's embattled leader announced a 'truce' with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an 'attempted coup' by the Kremlin. 

Photo Credit: Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty Images

Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.

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A couple kiss in front of the full moon in Burgos on September 9, 2014. September 9 night's full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, is the third and final 'supermoon' of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a 'perigee moon,' occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: A scaffold carrying two workers hangs 69 floors up at One World Trade Center on November 12, 2014 in New York City. The workers were washing windows 69 floors up soon after One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, opened.

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Policemen try to get a man to let go of a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts on October 3, with police stepping in to try to calm the chaos.

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In this photograph taken on April 16, 2014, a veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia's ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Center on April 15, 2014 in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of forest and agricultural plantation. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners and over 200 have been reintroduced in the wilds. The critically-endangered primates population are dwindling rapidly due to poaching and rapid destruction of their forest habital that is being converted into palm oil plantation.

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A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors in the capital Ankara, while in Istbanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for the burial of Berkin Elvan.

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Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, reacts to the news that the St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. November 24, 2014.

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A leopard leaps across an under-construction structure near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area as a bystander moves out of the way in Meerut on February 23, 2014. A leopard sparked panic in a north Indian city when it strayed inside a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block before evading captors, an official said.

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Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.

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Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along Florida state road 836, just east of 57th Avenue, around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Miami. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue.

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The moon shines through the Four Towers Madrid skyscrapers on August 11, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. . In yesterday's second supermoon of the summer, the moon appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than normal.

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