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London (AFP) - 15:39 GMT - South Africa - "Around 2004, bidding began for the opportunity to host the 2010 World Cup, which was ultimately awarded to South Africa, the first time the tournament would be held on the African continent," Lynch tells the news conference.
Billionaire Elon Musk's firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the US Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. With the certification, California-based SpaceX can now compete against the United Launch Alliance -- the giant Boeing-Lockheed joint venture -- for defense contracts valued at about $9.5 billion over the next five years. As soon as next month, SpaceX could have a chance to bid for the military's new GPS satellite launches, the air force said in a statement.