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Families of U.S. citizens killed by drones in Yemen sue

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families of u.s. citizens killed by drones sue

The families of three U.S. citizens killed in drone strikes last year in Yemen filed suit Wednesday against and four senior U.S. officials in the latest attempt to shed light on the Obama administration's secretive program of unmanned aerial strikes overseas. The families say the deaths of al-Qaida propagandist Samir Khan, radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, were part of a policy of "targeted killing" that the Obama administration has wrongfully conducted outside the context of armed conflicts. The lawsuit was filed against Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and two other senior military officials.

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Proposed military cuts rankle GOP

Congressional Republicans have begun a drumbeat of opposition to Pentagon cuts they agreed to last summer as part of the debt deal with President Barack Obama, and want to shift the burden of cuts to food stamps, school lunches and other domestic programs. Armed with an industry-backed analysis that shows the loss of 2 million jobs, Republicans are blaming Obama in an attack that stretches from Washington to the presidential campaign trail. The House overwhelming approved legislation Wednesday that would require the administration to release a plan detailing its approach to the cuts.

PYONGYANG, North Korea

New title for Kim reinforces power

North Korea on Wednesday named its young leader, Kim Jong Un, "marshal" of the military, a preeminent job title that analysts say is designed to reinforce his absolute power and warn off members of senior elites who might question it. The announcement comes two days after the North dismissed a top army leader, perceived hard-liner Ri Yong Ho, and may double as a message about Kim's willingness to shape the 1.2 million-strong military as he sees fit.

Elsewhere

Huntsville, Texas: Yokamon Hearn, 33, was put to death Wednesday for the 1998 carjacking and fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas stockbroker. He is the first in the state executed with a single lethal drug.

Hungary: A 97-year-old Hungarian man suspected of abusing Jews and helping deport thousands of them during the Holocaust was taken into custody Wednesday. Laszlo Csatary was questioned and charged with war crimes, prosecutors said.

Washington: Congress will present Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi its highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, on Sept. 19 during her U.S. visit.

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Families of U.S. citizens killed by drones in Yemen sue 07/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:11pm]
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