Fireworks explode from Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand, Jan 1, 2017. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Photos: Celebrating 2017 around the world

As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts…

(Clockwise from top) Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Antonin Scalia and John Glenn were among those we lost in 2016 (AP photos)

Photos: In Memoriam – 2016

As years go, 2016 took many well known figures who shaped the world, entertainment, sports, technology, education, space and all facets of l…