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Ethnic violence hits Nigerian city of Jos again

Ethnic violence has once again broken out in the troubled city of Jos, Nigeria. 100s may have been killed. Violence has been traded among Muslims and Christians in the region for several years. Nigeria’s government has sent security forces into the town and the violence appears to have abated, BBC News.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has gone to Israel in an effort to restart Mid-East peace talks, BBC News. One of the major blocks is Israel’s insistence on continuing to build settlements in disputed areas, Al Jazeera.

Votes are still being counted from yesterday’s election in Iraq. Violence did not stop Iraqi citizens from going to the polls. 36 people died in attacks yesterday, Associated Press.

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Sri Lanka’s president wins reelection

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s current president, has won reelection in a race against his former chief military officer, Gen. Sarath Fonseka. Military police surrounded Fonseka’s hotel after the result was announced. Fonseka said he will contest the result, CNN. The Sri Lankan election in pictures, BBC News.

2 weeks after the earthquake that leveled most of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, survivors are struggling to find food and water, Al Jazeera.

A Christian leader in Nigeria says that last week’s deadly riots and fighting between Christian and Muslim residents of the town of Jos was fueled by inflammatory text messages. The messages accused Christians of poisoning food. With no functioning government, Nigerian leaders were unable to respond to the rumors, BBC News.

U.S. President Barack Obama will give his first State of the Union address tonight at 9 pm EST. Obama is expected to acknowledge his first year missteps and to lay out his priorities for the future, New York Times. Watch live at Whitehouse.org. Full coverage of the speech, CNN.

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Crisis continues in Haiti

Survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti got another shock yesterday when a powerful 6.1 tremor again shook the island. This time, the aftershock was centered 35 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, Christian Science Monitor. Many survivors are choosing to sleep outdoors rather than risk being in a building collapse. Many are calling for Haiti’s building codes to be overhauled, CNN. 400,000 are being relocated to tent cities, BBC News. One of Port-au-Prince’s piers has opened and much needed aid is now being moved into the capital, CNN.

The Nigerian city of Jos has reopened after days of fighting between Muslim and Christian groups. More than 460 people are reported to have died.  Many residents have fled to refugee camps. The Nigerian military is now in control of the town, Al Jazeera.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that it is unconstitutional to restrict campaign spending by corporations and other organizations, including unions, New York Times.

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