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State TV: Sri Lankan President Wins Re-election


SRI LANKA - ELECTIONS: Sri Lankan state television says incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won Tuesday's presidential election. Official final results have not been announced, but early results showed Mr. Rajapaksa with more 60 percent of the vote, to 36 percent for his main rival, former military chief Sarath Fonseka. A Sri Lankan military spokesman said government troops surrounded the central Colombo hotel where General Fonseka is staying Wednesday. The spokesman said there are about 400 people, including army deserters, who gathered at the hotel after the election in support of the general.

KOREAS - TENSIONS: North Korea fired a second round of artillery near a disputed western sea border with South Korea Wednesday, after the two sides traded warning shots in the area The second salvo occurred hours after the regime fired about 30 rounds of artillery from its coast, prompting South Korea's military to respond by firing several artillery shells from a nearby marine base. In a statement issued through the North's official Korean Central News Agency, the army's general staff said the shells were fired as part of military drills that will continue "in the same waters in the future."

YEMEN: A U.S. newspaper is reporting that U.S. military and intelligence agencies are involved in joint secret operations with Yemeni troops that have killed six top leaders of the Yemen-based wing of al-Qaida. The report comes just before a high-level international meeting is being held in London Wednesday to discuss Yemen's fight against al-Qaida.The Washington Post says U.S. President Barack Obama approved the secret operations six weeks ago. The newspaper says American advisers do not take part in the Yemen raids, but help plan the missions and provide weapons.

OBAMA - STATE OF THE UNION: U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to focus on the economy in his State of the Union address Wednesday, including a request to Congress for a three-year spending freeze on many domestic programs, in en effort to reduce the soaring budget deficit. Mr. Obama will deliver the nationally-televised address to Congress at a time when his public approval ratings have been declining and with the unemployment rate at 10 percent. The White House has been under conflicting pressure to cut spending, while at the same time creating jobs and improving the sagging economy.

CHINA - GOOGLE: China says its domestic mobile phone carriers can use an operating system developed by U.S. technology giant Google. A spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told reporters in Beijing Wednesday there should be no restrictions on use of Google's Android system, as long as it conforms with the nation's rules and regulations and cooperates with the mobile phone carriers. Google has threatened to withdraw from China because of censorship concerns and cyber attacks on its e-mail accounts earlier this month.

BURMA - US - RIGHTS: A Burmese court has delayed a verdict in the case of a Burmese-born U.S. citizen charged with fraud and forgery. The lawyer for Kyaw Zaw Lwin told reporters Wednesday the judge postponed the verdict until February 10th. Kyaw Zaw Lwin, also known as Nyi Nyi Aung, was arrested last September after arriving at Rangoon's airport, and was put on trial the following month. The charges are in connection with possessing a forged national identity card and failing to declare foreign currency. Kyaw Zaw Lwin was one of the organizers of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising.

MALAYSIA - RELIGION: Authorities in Malaysia say severed pig heads were discovered at two mosques Wednesday, another sign of rising religious tensions amid a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by Christians. The mosques where the pig heads were found are located on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur. Muslims consider pigs to be unclean, and are forbidden to consume them. Wednesday's incidents are the latest involving churches and other places of worship since Malaysia's High Court ruled last month that non-Muslims can use the word "Allah" to refer to God, overturning a government ban.

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