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- Mars lander website opens
- Hong Kong Makes First File-Sharing Arrest A Hong Kong man has been arrested for sharing 3 MPAA movies by BitTorrent
- Colombia releases official notice in response to Venezuela "Colombia does not accept that representatives of terrorist organizations be admitted in a political event sponsored by official Venezuelan institutions" says the document.
- Purged Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang dies at 85 Placed under house arrest in 1989 for supporting Tiananmen protesters
- Woman aged 66 gives birth Considered oldest woman to give birth
- News Briefs: January 17, 2005 Catholic archbishop kidnapped, Chinese bank swindle, Bosnian genocide conviction