Monday, November 20, 2017
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Pakistani leader issues urgent call for end to U.S. drone strikes

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Pakistan leader says U.S. drone strikes must end

Nawaz Sharif took office as Pakistan's prime minister for an unparalleled third time Wednesday, vowing to tackle the country's crippling electricity crisis and calling urgently for the end of U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil. "The chapter of daily drone attacks should stop," Sharif told the packed lower house of Parliament. "We respect the sovereignty of other countries, but others should also respect our sovereignty." The comments resonate with many Pakistanis who view the CIA missile strikes as a troubling symbol of U.S. aggression.

Washington

Bill passes on sexual assault

A House panel passed legislation Wednesday to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases. The bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee also requires that anyone found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.

Washington

Rubio seeks path for immigration bill

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sought support from House conservatives Wednesday for far-reaching immigration legislation, but many lawmakers emerged from their meeting deeply skeptical of any comprehensive bill with a pathway to citizenship for immigrants here illegally. It underscored the challenges ahead for the bill and Rubio himself as he ramps up his sales job to conservatives before Senate floor debate next week. Also Wednesday, a spokesman says Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, quit the group of eight lawmakers working on immigration legislation in the House.

Elsewhere

Chino, Calif.: Former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Leslie Van Houten, 63, was denied release from state prison again Wednesday at her 20th parole hearing.

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