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Apple's iPhone 5 sales surge circles the globe (+video)

iPhone 5 buyers lined up outside of stores from Hong Kong to London to New York. The iPhone 5 goes on sale in 9 countries Friday, and 22 more next week.

Crowds throng Apple store in Japan
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 In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops from Sydney to Paris to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone.

Eager buyers formed long lines Friday at Apple Inc. stores in Asia, Europe and North America to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the smartphone.

In London, some shoppers had camped out for a week in a queue that snaked around the block. In Hong Kong, the first customers were greeted by staff cheering, clapping, chanting "iPhone 5! iPhone 5!" and high-fiving them as they were escorted one-by-one through the front door.

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