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The first round of presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus produces the need for a runoff between Dimitris Christofias of the Communist Party and Ioannis Kasoulides of the Democratic Rally party; the incumbent, Tassos Papadopoulos, loses.
Legislative elections in Pakistan result in a pronounced victory for the Pakistan People's Party (once led by Benazir Bhutto), with 120 seats, and the Pakistan Muslim League-N of Nawaz Sharif, with 90, and an equally pronounced defeat for Pres.
The movie studio Warner Brothers announces that in future it will release its movies on Sony's Blu-ray discs rather than Toshiba's HD DVDs; industry insiders feel that this has decided which high-definition format will become the industry standard.
The 30th annual Dakar Rally, which was scheduled to begin January 5 in Lisbon with some 550 competitors and to end January 20 in Dakar, Senegal, is canceled; organizers say that the French government had warned that terrorist organizations had made threats to disrupt the race.
The Kenya Assemblies of God church in the village of Kiambaa, where hundreds of Kikuyu people are taking refuge from the violence that broke out after the disputed election of Dec.
27, 2007, is attacked by a mob and set on fire; some 50 people are burned to death.
Shortly before a planned rally outside a courthouse in Lahore to protest the dismissal of Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, a suicide bomber sets off an explosion that kills at least 23 people, nearly all police officers. Taylor, head of a team of scientists at the University of Minnesota, reports that her team has successfully created new beating hearts by growing heart cells from newborn rats in the heart structure taken from dead rats.
Pervez Musharraf's party, which wins only 51 seats.
Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan handily wins election as president of Armenia; the following day thousands of people demonstrate in Yerevan against the election results, which they believe to have been rigged.
Near Mexican Hat, Utah, a bus carrying people to Phoenix from a ski trip in Telluride, Colo., goes off the road in the midst of a widespread and heavy storm and rolls down an embankment; at least nine passengers are killed.
Louisiana State University defeats Ohio State University 38–24 in college football's Bowl Championship Series title game in New Orleans to win the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) championship. Mwai Kibaki of Kenya announces his choices for half of the cabinet, and violence breaks out anew in several cities; some 500 people have been killed since violence erupted following the disputed election in 2007.