US soldiers and those serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan celebrated the New Year at the NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday.
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Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2011 with a prayer in front of the Nativity scene in St Peter's square. He arrived there after a 90-minute prayer service in the Basilica, where he held the traditional New Year's Eve vespers service.
President Barack Obama as well as leaders from around the globe share their hopes, wishes and plans for 2012.
Here's the latest news for Saturday, December 31: Gingrich blasts Justice Department; Turkish official attacked; Arsons in Los Angeles; World celebrates 2012.
On New Year's Eve amped up campaign volunteers took the streets across Iowa ahead of the GOP's presidential contest. The AP's John Mone says candidates still low in the opinion polls stayed behind in Iowa, those leading were elsewhere.