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World New Year’s festivities tempered

New Year’s celebrations were tempered Friday as revellers scaled down — and in some cases cancelled festivities — in honour of the more than 120,000 victims who perished in the tsunami disaster.

Australia ushered in the New Year with a moment of silence before fireworks exploded overhead Sydney’s landmark Harbour Bridge. In tsunami-ravaged Asian countries, celebrations were for the most part cancelled Friday as officials were too busy counting corpses, and trying to keep survivors alive with what little food and water there was left.

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