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Americans arrested on child trafficking charges in Haiti

A group reportedly trying to help orphaned Haitian children was arrested on charges of child trafficking. 10 Americans were arrested for attempting to take 33 children across Haiti’s border. The children had no documentation, ABC.

U.S. President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night in front of both houses of Congress. He called for Congress to work together to pass meaningful legislation. He also pledged to create more jobs. Full text of the address, New York Times.

Reclusive novelist J.D. Salinger died this week. Salinger wrote the groundbreaking novel “The Catcher in the Rye” about the disaffected teenager Holden Caulfield, New York Times.

American historian Howard Zinn also died this week. Zinn wrote the alternative history textbook, “A People’s History of the United States” which looked at American history through the lens of disenfranchised groups who fought to be included in American democracy, New York Times.

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Karzai reaches out to ‘disenchanted brothers’

World leaders are meeting in London today to discuss the future of Afghanistan, Al Jazeera. A tribe in Afghanistan announced that it will support the Afghan government and fight against the Taliban. The government recently announced a new strategy of funding tribes that renounce the Taliban, New York Times.

U.S. President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address last night. Obama focused on the economy and pledged to create new jobs, CNN. He also announced that the U.S. and Russia are close to an arm’s deal that will reduce the number of existing warheads, CNN.  Full text of the address, New York Times.

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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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