World welcomes the New Year

Paris, January 01: Fireworks exploded over Sydney’s famous bridge and the Eiffel Tower prepared for its own colored-light spectacle as the world celebrated a New Year that many hope will be more prosperous and peaceful than 2009.

Revelers across the globe at least temporarily shelved worries about their future prospects to bid farewell to “The Noughties,” a bitter-tinged nickname for the first decade of the 21st century playing on a term for zero and evoking the word naughty.