8 January 2015

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People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  

Pakistan cricket legend Khan marries ex-BBC journalist

In this handout photograph released by the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) party on January 8, 2015, Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan (L) and new wife Reham Khan pose for a photograph during their wedding ceremony at his house in Islamabad. Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan wed a TV journalist in a simple ceremony at his Islamabad home January 8, ending years of speculation surrounding the former playboy cricketer widely considered his country's most eligible man.
Pakistan's legendary cricket star and politician, Imran Khan, tied the knot Thursday, ending weeks of speculation about whether one of the country's most famous bachelors was getting married for a second time.

Monitors say voters obstructed in Sri Lankan election

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives to cast his vote for president elections at a polling station in Tangalle, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Monitors on Thursday expressed concerns that voters are being prevented from casting their ballots in some parts of Sri Lanka in an election where Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after Maithripala Sirisena, his onetime ally, suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him.
Election monitors said Thursday that voters in northern Sri Lanka were prevented from casting their ballots in an election that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against an ally who suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him.
The Center for Monitoring Election Violence, based in the capital of Colombo, also said a hand grenade exploded near a voting station in the northern Jaffna peninsula in the Tamil minority heartland, but that no injuries were reported.

President faces fierce battle in Sri Lanka vote

Sri Lankan Muslim women leave after casting their votes at a polling station during the presidential elections in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Voters went to the polls Thursday in Sri Lanka, where President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after Maithripala Sirisena, a onetime ally, suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him.
Voters went to the polls Thursday in Sri Lanka, where President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after his onetime ally suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him.
November defection by former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena turned the race, which Rajapaksa had been widely expected to easily win, into a referendum on the president and the enormous power he wields over the island nation of 21 million.