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News Wrap: Google Pulls China Search Engine

March 22, 2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news Monday, Google announced it has moved its search engine from China to Hong Kong to circumvent censorship laws on the mainland and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that new settlements in East Jerusalem would undermine the peace process in Middle East, in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Google moved its search engine for China to Hong Kong today to get around censorship on the mainland. The company said its engineering and sales offices will stay on the Chinese mainland, in a bid to continue doing business there. The world’s largest Internet company has been in a standoff with China’s communist government for nearly three months. China said today Google’s action is totally wrong.

Wall Street got a boost today from the passage of health care reform, as hospital and drug stocks moved higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 44 points to close near 10786. The Nasdaq rose 21 points to close at 2395.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended U.S. criticism of Israel today. She addressed a major Jewish organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in Washington. And she warned that building more Jewish housing in East Jerusalem is an obstacle to building trust with the Palestinians.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, U.S. secretary of state: New construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines that mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides say they want and need. And it exposes daylight between Israel and the United States that others in the region hope to exploit.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the conference tonight. Before leaving Israel, he said again that settlement building will continue in East Jerusalem.

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai met with a senior delegation of insurgents in Kabul. It was the first confirmed meeting between the government and militants. The Hezb-e-Islami movement is led by a former prime minister. A spokesman said they presented a 15-point peace plan. Also today, NATO reported two of its troops were killed in fighting in the south.

The U.S. community activist group ACORN is disbanding. A spokesman said today the once powerful organization will shut down as of April 1. He blamed plunging revenues. Last year, conservative activists posed as a pimp and a prostitute and taped ACORN workers apparently advising them on how to evade tax laws.

Those are some of the day’s main stories. I will be back at the end of the program with a preview of what you will find tonight on the “NewsHour”‘s Web site — but, for now, back to Judy.