Happy New Year! Spectacular pictures show countries across the globe celebrating the arrival of 2013

Goodbye 2012! Enjoy the New Year in these spectacular pictures as countries across the globe celebrate the arrival of 2013Swimmers brave freezing temperatures to take part in New Year's Day dips across the world Members of grenadier corps in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, fire 12 shots with a cannon at 8amCentral 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 eventsIn Philippines a child fights for life and more than 400 people hurt by firecrackers and gunfire in celebrationsThe 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 year200,000 turn out in Shanghai to witness the 4D light show and lighting up of historical buildingsMulticolored 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: 16:07 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.

Secret code letter by Napoleon boasting forces would blow up Moscow"s Kremlin sold at auction for 152,000

Secret code letter by Napoleon boasting forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin sold at auction for 152,000 1812 letter show history's famed general at one of his weakest moments | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 3 December 2012 A secret code letter sent by French emperor Napoleon boasting that his forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin has sold at auction today for almost 152,000.