欧洲股市开市初期也大幅攀升。英国富时100指数上升了百分之1.8，德国DAX 30指数和巴黎CAC 40指数在上午的交易中都上涨了百分之1.9。
**Global Markets Higher As US Averts Fiscal Cliff**
World markets are opening 2013 on a high note, after the U.S. Congress reached a deal to end the so-called "fiscal cliff" crisis that threatened to send the world's largest economy into recession.
Asian stock markets welcomed the development in the first trading of the new year, with Hong Kong jumping 2.9 percent, Sydney gaining 1.2 percent, and Seoul adding 1.7 percent. Markets in Japan and China were closed for public holidays.
Early trading also surged in Europe. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.8 percent, while Germany's DAX 30 and Paris' CAC 40 indexes both jumped 1.9 percent in morning deals.
Late Tuesday, the House of Representatives cleared a deal to avoid $500 billion in spending cuts and tax increases, endings weeks of quarreling that had overshadowed global markets. Observers say the deal will provide short-term certainty, but will not do much to address investor concerns about the future.
**60 Killed in Ivory Coast Stampede**
Officials in Ivory Coast say at least 60 people were crushed to death during a stampede at a New Year's celebration in Abidjan.
Rescue workers say about 50 others were injured in the incident early Tuesday near a stadium in the Plateau district, where hundreds of thousands of people had gathered to watch fireworks.
Most of those killed were children and teenagers. The government says it is investigating what caused the stampede. President Alassane Ouattara calls it a national tragedy.
One Ivorian journalist tells VOA that two large waves of people, moving in opposite directions, bumped into each other on a narrow street.
Another witness tells VOA that law enforcement blocked an exit in the area, which kept the crowd from moving.