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World Rings in 2012

Many glad to see the back of 2011
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2012 3:16 AM CST
World Rings in 2012
A couple share a midnight kiss in New York City's Times Square.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – Revelers around the world said hello to a new year Sunday starting in Samoa, where a move across the international date line has made the Pacific island nation the first in the world to celebrate. Many were relieved to say goodbye to a year marked by economic turmoil and natural disasters and expressed hope for a better 2012. A recent AP poll found that 62% of Americans believe 2012 will be a better year for the country, and 78% believe it will be better for their own families. "I married a farmer. 'Wait until next year. Next year will be better.' That's what I've been hearing for 30 years," said one poll respondent, a 50-year-old woman in Georgia who described herself as a perpetual optimist. "I have faith." (Read more 2012 stories.)

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