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Many revelers are intent on leaving 2012 behind

Start of new year revives hopes around globe

NEW YORK — From the glittering New Year’s ball dropping in Times Square to joyous fireworks in London and cheers in a once-isolated Asian country, the world did its best to ring in 2013 with hope for renewal after a year of economic uncertainty, searing violence, and natural disasters.

‘‘With all the sadness in the country, we’re looking for some good changes in 2013,’’ Laura Concannon, of Hingham, Mass., said as she, her husband, Kevin, and his parents joined hundreds of thousands of revelers lined up for blocks through bustling Times Square on Monday.

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