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New Year Celebration Once Again Allowed in Burma

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Thousands of people came out to ring in the New Year in Yangon... Burma's capital.

It was the first time festivities were allowed outdoors in the former military dictatorship that banned public gatherings.

Crowds watched live performances, countdowns from around the world and a grand fireworks finale.

Burma has seen a host of changes since President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government took office in 2011.