Planning and preparation start weeks before the four-day Carnival weekend that is one of the biggest events in Brazil.
Susan Paola Fadel Correia told police she was held captive by three men, but eventually admitted she lied because she hadn't finished her coursework.
As the calendar prepares to change pages in the United States for a new year, other countries have progressively flipped from 2011 to 2012. Here's a look at a few of the parties, fireworks and moments that honor and offer hope for the future.
A glimpse of New Year's celebrations from around the globe