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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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Port-au-Prince airport reopens; relief efforts continue in Haiti

Victims of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti slept outdoors for a second night. Relief teams have arrived on the island. The airport at Port-au-Prince is back in working condition and planes are able to takeoff and land. The U.S. has sent military units to aid with the relief efforts as well as a search and rescue team from Fairfax, Virginia, Wall Street Journal. More on the logistical hurdles facing relief workers, Los Angeles Times. Aftermath of the earthquake in pictures, BBC News.  More background on the tragic history in Haiti, BBC News.

Google announced on Tuesday that the company is willing to pull out of China if the country does not relax its censorship laws. Google says that Chinese human rights advocates using the Gmail service have had their accounts attacked. Chinese officials responded by saying that companies doing business in China must follow Chinese laws, even if they include censorship, New York Times.

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Untold devastation as earthquake in Haiti levels Port-au-Prince

A 7.0  magnitude earthquake shook Haiti yesterday afternoon, just after 5 pm local time. The epicenter of the quake was just 15 kilometers southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Many buildings collapsed and basic services including power and water were knocked out. Thousands are feared injured or dead. International aid organizations have sprung into action, BBC News.

Many buildings in Port-au-Prince were damaged or leveled, including the Presidential palace and the United Nations headquarters. Unconfirmed reports say as many as 200 people may have died in the UN building collapse and that no one who was in the building at the time of the collapse survived.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a statement this morning, praising the immediate assistance provided by the international community. Ban confirmed that the head of the UN mission in Haiti is missing. Ban announced that $10 million from the Central Emergency Relief Fund has been immediately released to aid in the relief effort.

Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Facts about Haiti, CNN. Haiti Factbox, Reuters.

More than 40 aftershocks, including some above magnitude 5, have followed the initial quake, Times Online.

Moving entries from the blog of Port-au-Prince resident Troy Livesay, The Livesay Weblog.

Medical facilities used by the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders were heavily damaged in the earthquake, DWB field report.

A list of legitimate services you can use to help the earthquake victims, ABC.

In a blog post on the U.S. State Department Web site, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills called for those hoping to help to donate $10 by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” The $10 donation will be given automatically to the Red Cross “to help with relief efforts” and will be charged directly to your cell phone bill, the Web site said.

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