Last night was the quietest night in Gaza since the commencement of the current Israeli airstrikes. Experts believe this could signal an advancing diplomacy. Recent strikes have caused 109 deaths and 900 injuries amongst Palestinians(read story here). Artur Mas, the president of the CiU, has lamented how the state has put everything into preventing the independence of Catalunya, including foul-play with 'El Mundo' (read story here). The city council will illuminate 10 kilometers more of Barcelona's streets this Christmas, which will total 77 kilometers and feature a huge fir tree on Portal de l'Àngel (read story here).
Today, the Barcelona TMB bus system will experience further partial strikes, with workers campaigning to regain Christmas bonuses (read story here). New figures show that there has been an increase in home burglaries in Catalunya, with 65 burglaries being reported each day (read story here). An original etching by Surrealist master Salvador Dalí found at a Goodwill shop in Washington is being auctioned in order to raise money for the employment of people with disabilities (read story here).
US president Barak Obama was in Myanmar yesterday to offer American support to encourage a peaceful transition to democracy in the country, saying the people "Deserve a constitution that guarantees that only those that have been elected form the government." (read story here)