NASA reports that the Gulf Stream is slowing. The resulting colder climate could cause severe climatic and economic distruption in Northern Europe. (NASA)
The ongoing anti-Japanese demonstrations in China might have been scripted and manipulated by the Chinese government as a bargaining tool against its neighbor in the recent Sino-Japanese energy and territory disputes. (NY Times) (registration required). Personal announcements appeared on blogs  attempting to stage massive anti-Japanese riots not only in the capital but also in 17 major Chinese cities, responding to the April 17 visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister to Beijing, and the 86th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement.
A PalestinianFatah gunman infiltrates the Golan Heights from Syria and attacks an IDF outpost near the border. The outpost commander manages to disarm the gunman and arrest him. The IDF will investigate how the 21-year-old man, draped in a Palestinian flag, managed to penetrate so deep without being detected earlier. (Haaretz) (Link dead as of 02:40, 15 January2007 (UTC)), (BBC)