NYC, world ring in 2012, bid adieu to a tough 2011

Filipinos watch a fireworks and water fountain display as they welcome the New Year at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines on Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. More than 200 people have been injured by illegal firecrackers and celebratory gunfire in the Philippines despite a government scare campaign against reckless New Year revelries, officials recently said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (AARON FAVILA)

January 1, 2012 6:38:15 AM PST
From New Zealand to New York, the world eagerly welcomed a new year Sunday with confetti-filled celebrations, glittering fireworks displays and star-studded festivities.