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Wolfgang Schneiderhan, pictured on 13 November 2009
Germany's top soldier resigns over allegations of a cover-up related to a Nato air strike in Afghanistan that killed civilians.

China unveils Copenhagen targets on emissions
China says it will aim to reduce the so-called "carbon intensity" of its economy by 40- 45% by 2020, official media say.

Berlusconi's wife 'in 43m euro a year divorce claim'
The estranged wife of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi is seeking a divorce settlement of 43m euros a year, an Italian paper says.

Above the Law

Burma’s rulers will continue to lean heavily on the judiciary to impose their vision of a “discipline-flourishing democracy”

You are a weak man if you use your physical superiority to assault and brutalize women.
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African Nobel Peace laureate


An annual Kachin feast known as “the first rice festival” closely parallels the Western tradition of Thanksgiving in offerings of food and fellowship.

No Roadmap Without Dialogue: Opposition Leaders

Opposition leaders reiterate that the way forward in Burma's political impasse lies in the basic principles first expressed in the Shwegonedaing Declaration.

Min Ko Naing Needs Urgent Medical Attention, NLD Says

The imprisoned activist Min Ko Naing is in urgent need of medical attention, according to the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Searching for Than Shwe

Benedict Rogers, the coauthor of a recent biography about Snr-Gen Than Shwe, spoke to The Irrawaddy about his soon-to-be-published book.

Widely Respected Burmese Monk Dies

The respected Burmese monk and author of 15 books on Buddhism, Phyu Sayadaw Bhaddanta Narapati, has died in Rangoon, aged 68.
Pen v Pistol
Thursday, November 26, 2009

HIV/AIDS cases decline across Asia

Nov 26, 2009 (DVB)–The number of new HIV infections in Asia has decreased by 15 percent since 2001, although concerns remain for HIV/AIDS awareness in Burma where the disease is heavily stigmatized. - more

Shan locals imprisoned for ‘insurgent links’

Nov 26, 2009 (DVB)–Arrests of civilians in Shan state have reportedly intensified in recent weeks as the Burmese government looks to break perceived links between locals and rebel groups in the region. - more

Kokang conflict ‘did not concern’ border guard tension

Nov 26, 2009 (DVB)–An offensive by Burmese troops against Kokang rebels in August did not result from its resistance to border guard transformation but from drugs and weapons production, state media said today. - more

178,000 Nargis victims lack decent shelter

Nov 26, 2009 (DVB)–Regional aid for victims of Burma’s cyclone Nargis will only cover 14 percent of vulnerable families in the country’s southern Irrawaddy delta, with 178,000 people still without proper shelter. - more

EU and ASEAN raise $100m for Nargis relief

Nov 25, 2009 (DVB)–More than $US100 million has been raised for cyclone Nargis relief efforts by Southeast Asia’s regional bloc and the European Union, it was announced today. - more

Thai refugee camps face tough year ahead

Nov 25, 2009 (DVB)–Rising rice prices and the threat of an influx of Burmese refugees into Thailand over the coming year could place a heavy strain on refugee camps along the border, the head of a refugee aid group warned. - more

Burma aims to match Vietnam rice output

Nov 25, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s rice production, once the most prodigious in the world, is making headway towards its former glory and will soon match Vietnam’s output, a leading rice trader said. - more

Iconic 1988 student leader ‘very ill’

Nov 25, 2009 (DVB)–The imprisoned leader of the 88 Generation Students activist group, instrumental in the infamous 1988 uprising in Burma, is in need of immediate medical assistance, his family said. - more

Thanksgiving day message of President Barack Obama

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Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our loved ones.

American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.

Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.

So tomorrow, I'll be giving thanks for my family -- for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life.

But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.

The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.

We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach.

So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every American family can enjoy.

It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to change our nation.

In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to form this ongoing movement for change.

You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have accomplished -- and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams for what we can still achieve.

So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are creating together.

With warmest wishes for a happy holiday season from my family to yours,

President Barack Obama

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