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  • People hold up candles during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom BrennerPeople

    People hold up candles during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom BrennerPeople

  • US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and members of Congress participate in a prayer vigil on the East steps of the U.S. Capitol in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and members of Congress participate in a prayer vigil on the East steps of the U.S. Capitol in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • A US Capitol police officer stands watch during a prayer vigil in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    A US Capitol police officer stands watch during a prayer vigil in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • Supporters of former President Donald Trump hold a candlelight vigil outside the D.C. Jail in Washington to protest the detention of those who have been charged with various offenses during the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters, in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

    Supporters of former President Donald Trump hold a candlelight vigil outside the D.C. Jail in Washington to protest the detention of those who have been charged with various offenses during the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters, in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

  • Democratic supporters of President Joe Biden hold letter-signs reading all together 'Senate, Act Now' during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

    Democratic supporters of President Joe Biden hold letter-signs reading all together 'Senate, Act Now' during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

  • Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

    Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

  • A reveller looks at fireworks explode over the UAP Old Mutual Tower during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

    A reveller looks at fireworks explode over the UAP Old Mutual Tower during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

  • Visitors look at the first sunrise of the year at the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo, Japan.? REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

    Visitors look at the first sunrise of the year at the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo, Japan.? REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

  • Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during New Year's day celebrations, in Athens, Greece. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

    Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during New Year's day celebrations, in Athens, Greece. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

  • Fireworks explode in the sky over the Kremlin and St. Basil’s cathedral during the New Year's celebrations in Moscow, Russia. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

    Fireworks explode in the sky over the Kremlin and St. Basil’s cathedral during the New Year's celebrations in Moscow, Russia. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

  • Fireworks explode over the Chao Phraya River during New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

    Fireworks explode over the Chao Phraya River during New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

  • A woman, wearing a protective face mask and a headband, celebrates on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    A woman, wearing a protective face mask and a headband, celebrates on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

  • A light display to mark the New Year is seen over St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge in London, Britain. REUTnERS/Toby Melville

    A light display to mark the New Year is seen over St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge in London, Britain. REUTnERS/Toby Melville

  • People attend New Year celebrations on the Champs-Elysees as the traditional light show and fireworks have been cancelled, in Paris, France. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

    People attend New Year celebrations on the Champs-Elysees as the traditional light show and fireworks have been cancelled, in Paris, France. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

  • Fireworks explode near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, to celebrate the new year, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

    Fireworks explode near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, to celebrate the new year, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. REUTERS/Satish Kumar