January 31, 2012 (Tuesday)
Armed conflicts and attacks
The People's Republic of China claims that 29 Chinese citizens abducted while working on a construction project in the Sudan are still missing.
Taliban insurgents attack a Pakistani military post in Jogi with the Pakistani Army suffering seven casualties and another 10 soldiers killed.
An Afghan woman was killed by her husband and mother-in-law 3 months after giving birth to her third daughter after not producing a son.
Six aid workers are kidnapped in Yemen's Al Mahwit Governorate.
Business and economy
Former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Fred Goodwin loses his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II as a result of the near collapse of the bank in 2008.
A search continues off Turkey's Black Sea coast for eight missing crew members of the Cambodia-flagged freighter the Vera.
Italian divers end their search for victims in the Costa Concordia disaster in the underwater section of the wreck.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory raises its alert warning for the Cleveland Volcano after it starts forming a new lava dome indicating that the mountain could explode.
2011–2012 Syrian uprising: The Arab League calls on the United Nations Security Council to back its proposal for the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy and prepare for elections.
The International Atomic Energy Agency gives its approval to nuclear reactor safety checks made by Japan.
Politics and elections
China tightens control of monasteries and on main roads in Tibet following deadly protests in the region.
Voters in the US state of Florida go to the polls for a Republican primary with Mitt Romney projected to win.
The Cabinet of Japan approves a bill to put a 40-year cap on the life of nuclear reactors following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu comfortably wins a leadership election for the Likud Party defeating Moshe Feiglin.
Democratic Party candidate Suzanne Bonamici wins a special election to represent the 1st congressional district of Oregon in the United States House of Representatives.