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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 23, 2010

REPORT: BRITAIN TO EXPEL ISRAELI DIPLOMAT OVER KILLING OF HAMAS CHIEF British government reacts to probe that says Israeli agents used cloned British passports in secret operation to kill Palestinian commander in Dubai. (BBC)

CHINA LASHES OUT AT GOOGLE, BUT SAYS TIES WITH U.S. NOT THREATENED After Google’s decision to shift Chinese searches to Hong Kong site, Beijing chides search giant for reneging on written promises to filter searches. Chinese officials say showdown with company will not hurt ties with Washington. (AP)

OBAMA TO SIGN HEALTH CARE REFORM INTO LAW TUESDAY, THEN BRING TO PUBLIC Congressional sources say President will sign historic legislation on Tuesday before hitting the road for another round of barnstorm speeches to promote the reform. (CNN text/video)

SARKOZY PUSHES PENSION OVERHAUL DESPITE ELECTION LOSS, STRIKES Weakened by Sunday’s defeat in regional elections, the French President vows to carry out long promised reforms to country’s generous retirement system. Labor unions launch nationwide transport and teacher work stoppages. (Bloomberg)

APPLE TO SELL CONTRACT-FREE IPHONES, PREPARE FOR NEW PRODUCT Consumers can buy unlocked devices as company prepares to unveil fourth-generation iPhone. (TechCrunch)

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