ATHENS -- The radical anti-austerity Syriza party has won Greece’s general election, setting the stage for a showdown with the EU over its massive bailout.
With 80 percent of polling stations counted, Syriza is set to win 149 seats in the 300 seat parliament, just short of a 151-seat majority.
AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU -- Auschwitz is the most infamous of all Nazi camps, and its 1.1 million victims will be commemorated on January 27, the date of its liberation by Soviet troops in 1945.
SPACE -- Asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass within 1.2 million km of Earth on January 26/27 – the closest it will get for the next 200 years.
LONDON -- Events include general elections in Nigeria, the release of a U.S. government report on the Keystone XL pipeline, and an aviation safety conference in Montreal.
DAMASCUS -- New intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad could be covertly building a new underground nuclear complex near the Lebanese border, aided by Iran and North Korea.
CHRISTCHURCH -- The hosts open the ICC Cricket World Cup down under with New Zealand facing Sri Lanka and Australia taking on England in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE -- Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton heads down under to open the defence of his title at the season curtain raiser in Albert Park.
ROME -- The northern hemisphere’s premier tournament gets underway - champions Ireland take on Italy, Wales host England and France face Scotland.
LOSAIL -- Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will once again be the man to beat in 2015 after winning two world championships in his first two attempts.
GLENDALE, Arizona -- The New England Patriots, in a record eighth final, meet the Seattle Seahawks, bidding for a second consecutive title, at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
SAN LORENZO -- South America’s premier club competition kicks off with 38 teams from 11 countries battling it out to be crowned continental champions.
- This week