Here comes 2013! Sydney is first major world city to celebrate as New Year spreads across the globe

Goodbye 2012! Enjoy the New Year in these spectacular pictures as countries across the globe celebrate the arrival of 2013Central Pacific Ocean island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) first to usher in the New YearSydney saw 2013 at 1pm GMT, with some 1.5 million people attending the city's eventsThe increasingly democratic Myanmar – also known as Burma – celebrated with its first ever public countdownMoscow's Red Square was filled with spectators as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin to welcome the new yearMulticolored fireworks danced up and down the world's tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – in Dubai The festive mood in New Delhi has been marred by the death of a young rape victim on Saturday More than 1 million people will pack into New York's streets for the traditional crystal ball drop in Times SquareAmerican Samoa will be the last place on Earth to herald in the New Year on Tuesday at 11am GMT | UPDATED: 04:36 GMT, 1 January 2013 Major celebrations to welcome the new year have taken place in some of the world's most iconic locations throughout today. Lavish and expensive fireworks lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai and even the once-isolated country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – joined the countdown party for the first time in decades.

The great Christmas Eve skive! Record numbers head to work on Monday

The great Christmas Eve skive: Record numbers head to work on Monday… but many admit to focusing on online shopping | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 21 December 2012 Many workers suffer the Monday blues, a day where they try to shake off the excesses of the weekend and prepare themselves for yet another week of work

Wife of paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd charged with beating him on numerous occasions

Wife of paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd charged with repeatedly beating him Estranged wife Samantha Kidd charged with six counts of assault by beatingEddie, 53, recently split from his wife after five years' marriageMrs Kidd was arrested by police following reports of domestic violence | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 21 December 2012 The estranged wife of tragic motorcycle stunt rider Eddie Kidd has been charged with beating the severely disabled star.

It takes us 36 hours to rise and truly shine: Survey finds fewer than one in five Brits thinks they are a morning person

It takes us 36 minutes to rise and truly shine: Survey finds fewer than one in five Brits thinks they are a morning personPeople typically snooze for 14 minute, according to researchTwo thirds of Brits feel unmotivated in the morningJust under a quarter admitted to 'seasonal sleeping slips' | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 14 December 2012 It's something we do every day but it seems we don’t get any better at it. It takes us more than half an hour to feel awake in the morning, according to a survey. Fewer than one in five Britons (17 per cent) consider themselves to be morning people.

Marks & Spencer: Early birds can pick up a turkey at midnight as stores extend opening hours to attract last minute shoppers

Early birds can pick up M&S turkey at midnight: Stores to open early to attract last minute shoppersSome M&S branches will open at midnight on Christmas Eve in a bid to lure last-minute shoppersMove came after Chancellor refused to allow large shops to extend opening hours on December 23 | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 6 December 2012 Marks & Spencer will for the first time open some stores at midnight on the morning of Christmas Eve in a bid to lure last-minute shoppers.