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Nigeria dissolves cabinet

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.

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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 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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Haiti rescue search ended; 111,000+ confirmed dead

Haiti has called off the search for survivors from last week’s earthquake and will now focus solely on providing services to those who survived, BBC News. Haiti says more than 110,000 are now confirmed dead, CNN. A discussion of the role of journalists in natural disasters- do journalists help or hurt?, NPR.

In the aftermath of clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Jos that ended this week, residents are realizing that the violence may have been even worse than thought. Bodies are now being found in wells and sewer ditches, including 150 found in wells in the village of Kuru Jantar, Al Jazeera.

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court overturned more than a century of law when it ruled that corporations have a constitutionally protected right to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns, White House. Transcript. The ruling will have an impact on existing laws in some states, New York Times.

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High Court orders Nigeria to decide if president is still fit for office

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.   

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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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Eight U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Eight U.S. troops and two members of the Afghan National Security Force were killed yesterday in eastern Afghanistan in a large battle against thousands of militants. The NATO-led forces were attacked as tribal militants surrounded two security outposts. A U.S. official says the country will abandon the base, CNN.

The island of Sumatra in Indonesia has been devastated by massive mudslides after last week’s 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed over 600 people. The mudslides have wiped out an entire valley of villages on the island and officials say more than 200 people are trapped in the mud, Wall Street Journal.

More militants in Nigeria are laying down their guns. Militant commanders Akete Tom and Farah Dagogo and their fighters handed over their weapons yesterday and rebel faction leader Government Tompolo says he will disarm today, shortly before the expiration of the amnesty period that offers pledges of cash and jobs for disarmament. Rebel groups have been fighting the government over oil profits since 2006, BBC News.

A White House official says President Obama will take on overturning the controversial ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy “at the right time.” The policy prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, New York Times.

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