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1st of January.
Events related to the European Union:
Cyprus and Malta introduce the euro as their own currency, which is now used in 15 member states of the community.
Slovenia is the first of the new member states to appoint the President of the European Union.
The Border Guard of the Republic of Hungary will cease to exist because it will be integrated into the Police of the Republic of Hungary.
Administrative reform in Russia: 84 administrative units instead of 85, after Ust-Ordinsky Buryat will become part of AK Irkutsk.
The UN will take over control of the African Union's units serving within the framework of AMIS, and the UN-AU "Hybrid Force" will be created.
January 2 - the police and the military had to be deployed in Naples to clean up more than 200,000 tons of accumulated waste, and to disperse the protesters who were barricading the dumpsters.
Primary elections in the United States of America: In the state of Iowa, Barack Obama wins for the Democrats, and Mike Huckabee wins for the Republicans.
The Sri Lankan government cancels the 2002 ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers.
Due to the attack on the French in Mauritania, the organizers decided to cancel the 2008 Lisbon-Dakar rally. This is the first time this has happened since 1979.
Anyang Nyongo, Secretary General of the Orange Democratic Movement, announces that the Kenyan opposition is demanding new presidential elections.
January 5 - Miheil Saakashvili wins the presidential election in Georgia.
A powerful earthquake shakes Greece. The epicenter of the earthquake was 150 kilometers southwest of Athens, near the town of Leonidi on the Peloponnese peninsula.
January 7 – Deputy editor-in-chief Mihály L. Kocsis takes over the duties of the editor-in-chief of Magyar Hírlap after Ferenc L. Gazsó requested his dismissal on the 4th.
An infernal machine assassination is carried out against D. M. Dassanajake, the Sri Lankan Minister of Nation Building, who dies shortly after being transported to the hospital.
A young man attacked the head of state of the Maldives with a knife, but the president of the Republic Maumun Abdul Gajum survived the incident unharmed.
Primary elections in America: In the state of New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton wins for the Democrats, and John McCain wins for the Republicans.
With Bila, Bhutto Zardari is asking for a UN-supervised investigation into the death of his mother, Benazir Bhutto.
Citing economic reasons, the Gyurcsány government halts the government district investment decided in the spring of 2007.
January 9–16 - George W. Bush's eight-day tour of the Middle East: his first stop was Jerusalem, where he discussed the possibility of Israeli-Palestinian peace with President Shimón Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, then on January 10 he visited Ramallah in the West Bank, where he was received by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He then visited the US Army Camp Arifjan base in Kuwait, followed by visits to Bahrain (12th), United Arab Emirates (13-14th), Saudi Arabia (15th) and Egypt (16th).
In Kenya, the opposing parties agree to try to overcome the internal political crisis with the help of an African commission led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The Capital Court changes the first-instance verdict in the Postabank trial: it declares the previously acquitted Gábor Princz and his associates guilty in the second degree.