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21 December 2003 Military News

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Defense Industry

  • Boeing Delta II Places Air Force GPS Satellite into Orbit Boeing 21 Dec 2003 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket has successfully deployed a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force. This satellite, GPS IIR-10, was the tenth of 21 IIR class GPS satellites Boeing will launch for the Air Force.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built Communications Satellite Begins Operations For U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin 21 Dec 2003 -- A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team has successfully completed on-orbit checkout and testing of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft launched on Aug. 29, 2003 from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. aboard a Delta IV rocket. The satellite, the last of 14 DSCS III spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], has now begun its controlled drift to its operational location.

Other Conflicts

  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Israeli soldiers have arrested a senior political figure of the militant Islamic group Hamas, and in another incident a five-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in a crossfire during raids in the West Bank.
  • ISRAEL-SHARON VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's controversial plan for unilateral separation calls for reducing the number of Palestinian workers allowed to enter the Jewish State. Israel will instead encourage Palestinians to cross daily into Jordan and Egypt for employment.

  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- The Sudanese government and the country's main rebel group have moved one-step closer to agreeing on how to share the country's wealth.

News Reports

  • ISRAEL/AUSTRIA VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Israel is restoring full diplomatic relations with Austria. Israel broke off relations almost four years ago when an Austrian government was created to including the radical right Freedom Party under Jrg Haider.
  • ZIMBABWE / POLITICS VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, ended its two-day annual conference in Harare with a call on the Mugabe government to restore the rule of law.
  • GUINEA/ELECTION VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- A presidential election is taking place in Guinea, where an ailing, long-serving president faces a little-known challenger following a boycott by other opposition leaders.
  • RUSSIA / POLITICS VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Russia's two liberal parties have decided not to run candidates in the March presidential election. Both groups say under President Vladimir Putin, Russian opposition groups have no chance of succeeding.
  • GUINEA: Little enthusiasm for election with guaranteed outcome IRIN 21 Dec 2003 -- Guineans voted peacefully but without much enthusiasm on Sunday in a presidential election whose guaranteed outcome is the return of the head of state, Lansana Conte, for a further seven years in power - if failing health allows him to survive that long.



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