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Pakistan's president under pressure to step down

ISLAMABAD (AP - Pakistan's president is facing fresh calls to step down today.

Late yesterday, Pakistan's Supreme Court struck down an amnesty that had protected President Asif Ali Zardari and several of his political allies from corruption charges.

Zardari has been haunted by corruption allegations dating back to governments led in the 1990s by his late wife. He has spent several years in prison under previous administrations. And this week, the Supreme Court heard allegations he misappropriated as much as $1.5 billion.

A senior opposition leader says it would be in Zardari's own interest and the interests of his party to step down.

The court decision weakens the unpopular leader's already shaky rule just as the United States and its other Western allies want it to unite and fight militants along the Afghan border.

The U.S. is believed to have carried out another missile strike against militants along that border today. Intelligence officials say the missiles hit a car carrying two suspected insurgents in a village in North Waziristan


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