World celebrates New Year

New Year celebrations have begun with spectacular fireworks displays in London, Edinburgh and across the country.

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Gangnam Style beats Auld Lang Syne on New Years Eve

Brits rejected the traditional sentiments of Auld Lang Syne this New Year and saw in 2013 Gangnam Style, according to a new poll.

Psy's Gangnam Style was more popular than Auld Lang Syne Credit: YouTube / officialpsy

The K-Pop rapper Psy's worldwide hit single topped a chart to find the most sung song in the UK on New Year's Eve.

It accounted for almost a quarter (23%) of the 100,000 songs sung on Monday on Karaoke firm Lucky Voice's online service.

It pushed the traditional favourite, based on a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns, off the top spot for the first time since 2005.

Other popular choices included Adele's Someone Like You and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.


New Year's Day parade takes place in London

A New Year's Day parade took place in London today where a procession of Olympic Games Makers, drummers and cheerleaders walked through the streets of the capital.

Two white horses pass the crowds in central London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Performers take part in the annual New Years Day parade in London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Cheerleaders dance in the street at the parade. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Pope hopes for peace to prevail in the New Year

Pope Benedict XVI said he is convinced peace will prevail in 2013, despite the inequality, terrorism and "unregulated financial capitalism" that afflict the world today.

The Pope celebrated a Mass today in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican to mark the church's world day of peace.

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Credit: Reuters/Giampiero Sposito

In his homily, Benedict said despite today's terrorism, criminality and the inequality between rich and poor, he was convinced the "numerous works of peace, of which the world is rich, are testimony to the innate vocation of humanity to peace".

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Credit: Reuters/Giampiero Sposito


British troops in Afghanistan mark the New Year

British forces serving in southern Afghanistan have been marking New Year's Eve at military bases across Helmand Province. Credit: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire
Soldiers from the Brigade Advisory Group celebrating the New Year in Afghanistan with pipe music and party poppers. Credit: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Celebrities celebrate the New Year on twitter

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