UN Plane Crash in Haiti Kills 11

11 people were killed today as their plane crashed into a mountain in Haiti. The dead were all peacekeepers and a part of an United Nations peacekeeping mission, BNO News.

President Obama said he was “humbled and deeply surprised” by the Nobel committee’s decision to award him the 2009 Peace Prize. Obama says he believes the prize will be a great motivator to help aid the international peace process, BBC News.

Burmese dissident Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed by the Burmese government to meet with foreign diplomats today. The meeting suggests a possible détente between the junta and Western governments, New York Times.

Nathan Daniel Larson, 29, of Boulder, Colorado has been sentenced to 16 months in a federal prison for making threats against the U.S. President, but it is not clear if those threats were made against Presidents Bush or Obama. Larson sent an e-mail in December to the Secret Service announcing, “I am writing to inform you that in the near future, I will kill the President of the United States of America,” BNO News.

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