The acting president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has dissolved Nigeria’s cabinet. President Umaru Yar’Adua has been ill since November and has traveled abroad for treatment. About half of the current cabinet ministers are expected to be asked to return, AFP.
One person, a migrant worker from Thailand, was killed after militants from Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel, Voice of America.
Officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are in Moscow for a summit concerning Israel and the state of conflict in the Middle East as well as talks on nuclear disarmament, The Guardian.
Aid groups may be preventing the formation of a functioning government in Haiti, particularly with their increased resources in the wake of the January 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000, CNN.
The Haitian government has released new figures concerning rebuilding the country after January’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake, estimating the cost to be around $11.5 billion. A major conference will be held in New York on March 31st to discuss the plan, BBC News.
The U.S. has announced a change in policy that previously allowed soldiers to interrogate detainees in Afghanistan for 96 hours before having to release the detainees or turn them over to Afghani law enforcement. The new policy extends the time period to 14 days, and in some cases detainees may be held even longer. A Pentagon spokeman assured, “Most combatants we pick up on the battlefield will still be turned over to Afghani authorities within 96 hours,” CNN.
Fiji has suffered “overwhelming” damage from Cyclone Tomas, which pounded the South Pacific island for three days. Winds reportedly reached up to 130 mph, and one death has been reported, AP.
The Tamil Tigers, a rebel group in Sri Lanka, have declared that they no longer are seeking to establish their own separate homeland from the country. Many analysts believe this move may finally signal the end of civil war in the country, possibly ending the 25-year conflict, Guardian UK.
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today despite Chinese concerns. China views the Dalai Lama as a threat because he calls for autonomy for Tibet, CNN. More on the relationship between the West and the Dalai Lama, BBC News.
8 of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti after attempting to leave the country with children they claimed to be orphans have been released. The children in fact were not orphans- their parents had been told the children were being taken to the Dominican Republic, Washington Post.
More fallout from the Israel planned assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, Al Jazeera. Stolen UK passports were used by the assassins to enter Dubai, BBC News.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is testifying on his decision to partner with the United States to take Great Britain into the Iraq War in 2003 today, Voice of America. Key points of Blair’s testimony, the Guardian. Guide to the inquiry, BBC News.
Members of the Uighur ethnic group living in China who fled to Cambodia after riots caused by ethnic unrest last July were forcibly returned to China in December. Their whereabouts now are unknown, Human Rights Watch says. HRW is calling for the Chinese government to say where they are being held and to give those detained fair trials, BBC News.
Aid is still not reaching many of the needy in Haiti, even 2 weeks after the earthquake that reduced the capital city of Port-au-Prince to rubble, Al Jazeera.
Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua has been in Saudi Arabia receiving medical treatment since November. Yesterday Nigeria’s High Court ruled that members of the Cabinet must decide whether he should be removed from power within the next two weeks, Al Jazeera.
The telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief will appear live on over 25 networks tonight starting at 8pm EST, CNN.
An in-depth look at why the situation is so much worse in Haiti than it is in the Dominican Republic, despite the two countries sharing the island of Hispaniola, Time Magazine.
6 days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many residents are still without basic supplies, Al Jazeera. 2,000 U.S. marines are now in haiti to help withe the relief effort, BBC News. Rescue crews are still pulling the injured out of the rubble, but a lack of adequate medical supplies means many of those rescued have gone on to die of infection, CNN.
7 insurgents set off simultaneous attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan today. 2 men set off suicide vests while 5 others attacks with guns just 50 yards from the presidential palace. After several hours, the militants were killed by Afghan forces, New York Times.
The U.S. is observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today in honor of the slain civil rights leader. Thoughts of President Obama’s impact on race relations in the United States, Christian Science Monitor.
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A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck 10 miles outside of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. A Reuters reporter on the scene hasreported seeing dead bodies in the city and devastated buildings, with CNN calling the event “catastrophic.”
At least two large aftershocks have been reported since the initial quake, measuring at magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.5. A third aftershock of 5.1 is now being reported. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and its cities suffering from serious overcrowding, MSNBC.