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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Saturday, March 13, 2010

March 13, 2010

GERMANY’S CLERGY SEX ABUSE SCANDAL TIED TO POPE’S STINT IN MUNICH A case of an abusive priest who was transferred to another diocese occurred in the Archdiocese of Munich when it was led by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, three decades before he became Pope Benedict XVI. Vatican denies pontiff was to blame. (AP)

GOOGLE 99.9% SURE TO SHUT DOWN IN CHINA Financial Times reports that US search giant has drawn up detailed plans for its exit from China, which it now says is a virtual done deal after conflict over piracy and censorship. (Bloomberg/FT)

VIOLENCE FLARES NEAR JERUSALEM IN WAKE OF BIDEN’S FAILED MIDDLE EAST MISSION Chanting “Jerusalem is Arab,”¬†Palestinian women clash with Israeli troops on the outskirts of Jerusalem as the disputed holy city makes relaunching peace talks increasingly difficult. Rising tensions follow US Vice President’s trip marred by Israel’s announcement of a new housing project in East Jerusalem. (AP)

OBAMA TO ADD EDUCATION REFORM ON TOP OF ATTEMPT TO OVERHAUL HEALTH CARE President announces plans to send Congress a proposal to change ‘No Child Left Behind’ law to allow for more flexibility for states and local districts to spend on eduction. (WSJ)

CONFLICTING REPORTS ON FINALIZED GREECE BAILOUT DEAL In midst of around-the-clock weekend negotiations, Germany’s Finance Ministry denies report in the Guardian that deal is done (Reuters)

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