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US President Barack Obama speaks to the Ghanaian parliament
Africa can forge its own future and solve its problems, Barack Obama says on a first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as US president.

The UK prime minister defends his Afghan strategy after eight deaths in one day, but warns of a "dangerous battle" ahead.

The launch of space shuttle Endeavour is put back by 24 hours after lightning strikes near the Cape Canaveral launch pad.

Pres Obama Address to Africa
President Barack Obama wrapped up a week-long international trip to Russia and the G8 summit in Italy with a historic visit to Ghana, 10-11 July. During his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa as president, he addressed the Ghanaian parliament in a speech outlining U.S. policy towards Africa. If you missed it, check out our special coverage and listen or watch the speech on demand.

President Barack Obama speaks to the Ghana Parliament in Accra, 11 Jul 2009 Obama Addresses Africans from Ghana Audio Clip Available
US president tells Ghanaian lawmakers democracy, opportunity, health and resolution of conflict are keys to future of Africa, developing world

Iran's FM Manouchehr Mottaki (File) Iran Downplays G8 Stance
Group of Eight declaration criticizes Iran's crackdown on post-election demonstrators, its pursuit of suspected nuclear weapons program

President Barack Obama Obama Urges Patience on Economic Recovery
President Obama said his economic recovery plan worked as intended, dismisses Republican criticism categorizing his $787 billion economic stimulus plan as failure

President George W. Bush makes statement on automaker bailout plan at the White House, 19 Dec 2008 Report: Bush Administration Surveillance Program Legally Questionable
Program included wiretaps without court approval, some unprecedented intelligence collection efforts

Afghanistan New York Times: Bush Team Discouraged Probe of Mass Taliban Deaths
American-backed warlord, his fighters are accused of killing hundreds, perhaps thousands of Taliban prisoners who surrendered after 2001 invasion of Afghanistan

Ousted Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya during a press conference at the international airport of Comalapa, El Salvador, 05 Jul 2009 UN General Assembly President Predicts Early Resolution to Honduran Crisis
Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann has been very active on behalf of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya

President Obama's visit to Ghana has sparked new Facebook groups Obama Using New Media to Reach Ghanaians Audio Clip Available Video clip available
Popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter figure prominently in White House's new media plan

Fans in crowd hold up Michael Jackson photos during memorial at Steel Yard Stadium in Gary, Ind., 10 Jul 2009 Michael Jackson's Hometown Pays Tribute
Event in Steel Yard stadium in Gary, Indiana, included performances of Jackson's hits and speech by Reverend Jesse Jackson

The Statue of Liberty, photographed after the 1986 restoration, is one of the most recognized symbols of the United States Renovations Keep Lady Liberty Strong Audio Clip Available
Architect who led restoration 25 years ago still proud of work to restore towering symbol of freedom

Bleak Future for Burmese Stateless Children

Children of unregistered migrant parents in Thailand are being born into an underclass without basic rights.

Burmese Detainees in Danger

Rights groups are expecting more human rights abuses after migrants were relocated to a new detention center in Malaysia.

Last Witness Testifies in Suu Kyi Trial

Testimony wrapped up Friday in the trial of Burma's jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the last defense witness argued that she is innocent.

Behind the Lens

The co-writer of "Burma VJ", Jan Krogsgaard, spoke to The Irrawaddy about the film.

An immigration office building in Kawthaung town on the Thai-Burma border...Burma Ministry of Health on Friday declared that another patient infected with type A(H1N1) influenza is...

Waibargi hospital in Rangoon

Burma Ministry of Health on Friday declared that another patient infected with type A(H1N1) influenza is...

G8 urges release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The world’s major industrial countries, known as the G8, has called for the immediate release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi saying her continued detention,...

Saline water from prawn farms destroys paddy fields

Paddy fields in Pyinsalu, Laputta Township, Irrawaddy Division have been inundated with saline water and destroyed, following bidding for sea-water prawn fishing,...

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