15 December 2002 Military News
- ISRAEL / ARAFAT VOA 16 Dec 2002-- The Israeli cabinet decided Sunday to ban Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the second year in a row. The Israeli army says its troops are to remain in the West Bank town throughout the festive season.
- SOUTH AFRICA / UNFINISHED BUSINESS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- The final report of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is due to be handed over to the government by the end of next January. The commission investigated human rights abuses under the apartheid government and granted amnesty to some perpetrators. But some South Africans say there is an unfinished business from the Commission's work. They have sued about 30 American, European, and Asian multi-lateral companies in U-S courts for reparations
- SYRIA / DISSIDENTS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad begins meetings in London Monday with British officials, including Prime Minister Tony Blair
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