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Sri Lanka prez dissolves parliament; arrests opposition

Fresh from his electoral victory, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has dissolved parliament to pave the way for new parliamentary elections. Rajapaksa’s main rival in the recent presidential election, former Sri Lankan Army chief General Fonseka was arrested on what are said to be “military matters,” New York Times.

New video obtained by Al Jazeera apparently shows Nigerian security forces executing members of Boko Haram, an Islamic group, Al Jazeera.

An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has upheld the conviction of a man who was sentenced to 5 years in jail and 1,000 lashes for speaking about his sex life on television, BBC News.

A shop owner in Britain has started using a fingerprint scanner to identify his customers in an effort to stop minors from buying cigarettes and liquor. Customers voluntarily submit their identification to verify their age and then allow their fingerprints to be scanned, BBC News.

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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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