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31 December 2002 Military News

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  • Pakistani Border Guard Wounds U.S. Soldier American Forces Press Service 31 Dec 2002 -- Pakistani border guard shot and wounded a U.S. soldier Dec. 29 during an incident on the Afghan border with Pakistan, Joint Task Force-180 officials said

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  • BURMA SUU KYI VOA 31 Dec 2002-- Burma's main opposition leader closed out 2002 by saying talks with the military government appear to have stalled, despite her release from house arrest, earlier this year.
  • DR of Congo: UN mission helps rebel factions in northeast reach ceasefire accord UN News centre 31 Dec 2002 -- The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has helped three armed rebel movements that have been fighting in the northeastern part of the country to reach a ceasefire agreement, according to a UN spokesman in New York
  • IVORY COAST/NEW YEAR VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- Residents of Ivory Coast are ringing in the new year under the shadow of civil war. One bright spot, however, is the easing of the curfew to allow people to celebrate New Year's Eve. Ivorians are hoping 2003 will bring them peace
  • YNDR: IVORY COAST VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- The West African nation of Ivory Coast erupted into full-scale civil war in the year 2002. The conflict began as a military uprising in September, and quickly threatened to destabilize not just Ivory Coast, but the whole region. Peace seemed a long way off as the year dragged to a close
  • ARAFAT / MIDEAST VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat says the only way to end the conflict with Israel is through direct negotiations. Mr. Arafat says he welcomes calls for a cease-fire, but fears violence will increase, especially if war breaks out with Iraq
  • CQ IVORY COAST VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has laid out his plan for ending the country's three-month old civil war. But his nationally televised speech was more confrontational than conciliatory
  • U.S. Condemns Terrorist Bombing in Chechnya Washington File 31 Dec 2002-- Mr. Chairman, the United States strongly condemns the apparent act of terrorism that took place in Grozny, the Russian Federation, on December 27, and we extend our profound condolences to the families of the victims.

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  • "Bring Back the Draft," by Representative Charles Rangel Washington File 31 Dec 2002-- President Bush and his administration have declared a war against terrorism that may soon involve sending thousands of American troops into combat in Iraq. I voted against the Congressional resolution giving the president authority to carry out this war -- an engagement that would dwarf our military efforts to find Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.
  • U-S / Kenya / War Crimes VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- The United States is accusing a senior official in the Kenyan government of harboring one of the most wanted suspects from Rwanda's mass killings in 1994. U-S officials hope that Kenya's newly inaugurated president, Mwai Kibaki, will make the arrest of the Rwandan war crimes figure Felicien Kabuga an early priority
  • KENYA / KIBAKI VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- Kenya's new president, Mwai Kibaki, has inherited a country in decay. He was elected on a promise to bring a new dawn to Kenya, to revive the country and its economy. But many people are wondering whether he will he be able to deliver
  • TOGO/POLITICS VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- Opposition parties in the West African nation of Togo are vowing to fight against a change in the constitution that will allow the president to stay in office forever. Lawmakers voted to approve the constitutional amendment late Monday
  • U-S-Turkmenistan Arrests VOA 31 Dec 2002 -- The United States is expressing concern over human rights conditions in Turkmenistan following the November 25th assassination attempt against President Saparmurat Niyazov. Diplomats and human rights activists accuse Mr. Niyazov's government of using the November incident as a pretext for a harsh crackdown on his political opponents



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