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Today's coverage: GM fallout, Geithner in China, possible jet debris

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Pending home sales rise. Laurent Belsie will blog on this and watch the new auto sales figures as well.

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• Geithner in China. The US Treasury Secretary meets with China's top leaders Tuesday to allay fears about their massive holdings in US debt and to beg them to buy more. Peter Ford looks at how the Chinese feel about their position of both strength and vulnerability.

Freed prisoner in Pakistan. Issama Ahmed reports on a Pakistani court's decision to release the founder of a militant group which India blames for masterminding last November's Mumbai attacks. The move will strike a blow to the peace process between the two nuclear-armed states, according to analysts.

Missing flight update. Andrew Downie on the debris found in the search for the Air France flight.

Cuba and the OAS. When leaders meet today for the Organization of American States in Honduras, Cuba's possible readmission to the regional body after a near-50 year suspension is expected to top the agenda. Sara Miller Llana is reporting from there.

• Obama's Egyptian setting. Liam Stack blogs from the Cairo University, where Obama speaks Thursday.

• The next Dear Leader. Don Kirk reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's youngest son may be the heir to power, but he won't have the clout of his father or grandfather. More likely he'll be the figurehead in a collective leadership. Analysts give qualified credibility to latest reports that Kim Jong Il has definitely selected him. Educated in Switzerland, the son is reputedly an NBA fan.

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