Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), officially opens in Dubai
After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
10 people are killed and 120 are injured in a stampede in Luanda, Angola