Lunchtime Links: March 8, 2010

The Hurt Locker” was the big winner at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The film about the Iraq war won six awards, including Best Picture and made Kathryn Bigelow the first woman to win Best Director honors.

Turnout was strong Sunday in critical Iraqi parliamentary elections despite violence aimed at voters.

The American Al Qaeda operative arrested in Karachi over the weekend is not the Southern California native wanted by the United States on treason charges for his involvement in the terror network, Pakistani intelligence officials said Monday.

Germany‘s Protestant and Catholic churches may be facing the biggest credibility crisis in decades after an unprecedented bout of scandal-fueled negative media coverage. Bishop Margot Kassmann, the first woman to lead the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), resigned as leader of German Protestants on Feb. 24 after she was arrested for drunk driving, just four months into office. In the same week, Catholic bishops met in Freiburg to address allegations of widespread sexual abuse of children by clergy that had surfaced late in January, prompting a possible criminal probe by state officials.

Tim Tebow, who has gained a great deal of notoriety for his faith while quarterbacking the University of Florida, will have private workouts for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have potential long-term needs at the position.

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