10 nation and world stories to watch on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday from The Associated Press:

1. BANK DEPOSITS THREATENED

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A protestor holds out her hand during a protest outside the parliament in Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, March 18, 2013. A vote on a bailout package for Cyprus that includes an immediate tax on all savings accounts has been postponed until Tuesday evening. | Petros Karadjias~AP
A plan to seize up to 10 percent of savings accounts in Cyprus to help pay for a financial bailout sends shock waves across Europe.

2. WHO'LL HEAD THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION'S INTERIM GOV'T

Ghassan Hitto, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is elected prime minister by the rebel coalition. [Details]

3. POLICE AVERT POSSIBLE BLOODBATH

A student at the University of Central Florida with guns and a backpack filled with explosives is thwarted before he can harm anyone but himself. He puts a bullet in his head as the cops close in. [Details]

4. STILL NOT EXACTLY ONE BIG, HAPPY FAMILY

What was supposed to be a roadmap to a new, more inclusive Republican Party fails to please various factions. [Sweet blog, CST]

5. WHAT THE POPE'S COAT OF ARMS WILL LOOK LIKE

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It'll be the same one he used as archbishop, with the addition of papal symbols. Francis will receive the coat of arms at his installation Tuesday.

6. FROM ISRAEL, MIXED MESSAGES ON MIDEAST PEACE

Ahead of Obama's visit, Netanyahu says he's ready for a "historic compromise," but a close ally calls hopes for peace "delusional."

7. WHY CLINTON IS BACKING GAY MARRIAGE

Putting the issue behind her now can only help later, if she decides to run for president in 2016. [Details from Lynn Sweets blog, CST]

8. LOHAN ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL IN CAR CRASH

Before the "Mean Girls" actress leaves the courtroom, the judge makes a suggestion: "Don't drive." [Details]

9. SPORTS' NEWEST POWER COUPLE

Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn confirm on Facebook that they're dating. [Details]

10. THE MATHEMATICS OF MARCH MADNESS

An NCAA tournament bracket presents more than 9.2 quintillion (a 9, followed by 18 zeroes) possible combinations. [Geekosystem]

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