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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Monday, March 15, 2010

March 15, 2010

ISRAEL ENVOY TO U.S. SAYS RELATIONS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES AT 35-YEAR LOW Israel’s ambassador to Washington warns of “crisis” between historic allies after U.S. Vice President Biden’s trip to region was marred by new Israeli plans for housing project in East Jerusalem. American Jewish groups criticize Obama administration, which wants Israel to scrap the new construction. (Reuters/Yedioth Ahronoth)

PROBE FINDS PRIVATE U.S. NETWORK OF CONTRACTORS TO ASSASSINATE MILITANTS A Defense Department official is accused of building network of ex American spies and special forces to track down and kill suspected militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (NYTimes)

SARKOZY FORCES TASTE STINGING DEFEAT AT POLLS More than midway through his five-year mandate, French President sees his center-right party walloped in first round of voting in regional elections. Socialists and far-right National Front party each have strong showing, squeezing Sarkozy from both flanks.(Guardian)

DOTCOM TURNS 25, AS INTERNET GROWTH MULTIPLIES The Ides of March in 1985 saw the first .com site. Trickle has turned to flood as tens of thousands of new websites are launched every day. (BBC)

PETER GRAVES OF MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE DIES Actor who also starred in “Airplane!”, spoofing his own serious demeanor, died of an apparent heart attack at age of 83 in his Los Angeles home. (LATimes)

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