2008 continues its march around the world, with New York the latest city to celebrate its arrival. In the middle of the million-strong crowd, two men popped the question…. happily, their fiancées said yes.
Earlier, on the other side of the Atlantic, London provided a spectacular firework show along the River Thames to usher in the New Year. As elsewhere, the party-goers erupted in an explosion of hope and optimism.
In the German capital Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was the focus of attention as midnight struck, and 2008 arrived in style. And Red Square was the stunning backdrop as Moscow joined the party.
It was a poignant moment for many Russians, as President Putin delivered his last New Year’s address as head of state. He’s thought to be planning a return as Prime Minister in the Spring.