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12:23 PM, March 23rd, 2012

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  1. Obama Taps New World Bank Chief: President Obama is set to nominate Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, senior administration officials have confirmed to the Associated Press. Officials are hopeful that the nomination of Kim, a doctor and former director of the HIV/Aids department at the World Health Organization, will quell criticism from developing countries who are wary of the U.S. “monopoly” on the World Bank presidency.
  2. French P.M. Defends Security FailuresFrench Prime Minister François Fillon said Friday that there had been no grounds to detain Mohamed Merah prior to last week, when he is suspected of killing seven people in three separate attacks.
  3. Obama: Trayvon Investigation Needed: President Obama announced his new pick for the head of the World Bank on Thursday and then turned his focus to the investigation of Trayvon Martin’s death. “I can only imagine what these parents were going through. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he said of the 17-year-old boy who was shot by a neighborhood watchman.
  4. U.S. to Keep Terrorism Data Longer: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder approved guidelines on Thursday that would allow counterterrorism officials to keep data on uncharged U.S. citizens for up to five years if they are suspected of being terrorists. The previous limit had been 180 days. 
  5. Bales to Be Charged With 17 Murders: Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, a Defense Department official told NBC News on Thursday. The official charges are expected to be released Friday. Bales is accused of shooting and killing 17 Afghan civilians, including nine children, on March 11.

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Photo: Students in Makassar, Indonesia burn tires during a protest against the government’s plans to raise fuel prices near a fuel station in Makassar. The government has planned to raise fuel prices by at least a third to ease state coffers pressured by high oil costs, even though that may push up inflation. (Yusuf Ahmad / Reuters)

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