President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize, Mexico Blames U.S. for Hindering U.N. Climate Talks

  • President Obama shocked the world this morning when it was announced that he won the Nobel Peace Prize for diplomacy, just nine months into his presidency. The Nobel Committee said of the president: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”
  • Certain leaders in Mexico may not agree that President Obama has been able to change the world’s climate. Mexico says the United States is a stumbling block in efforts to try to craft a tough global climate agreement by December. The United States has been criticized by developing countries and green groups in talks in the Thai capital for not being able to put a tough emissions reduction target for 2020 on the table, instead focusing on a 2050 target.
  • Jorge Alberto Lopez Orozco, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives for the 2002 murders of his girlfriend and her two young sons in Idaho, was captured in Guerrero, Mexico. There was no immediate information on whether U.S. prosecutors had agreed not to seek the death penalty against Lopez Orozco; Mexico refuses to extradite suspects who might face execution.
  • In Honduras, three representatives of ousted President Manuel Zelaya and three representing the rival who replaced him in a coup, interim President Roberto Micheletti, will be ensconced in a hotel in the capital today for a second day discussing ways to end the crisis.
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