In a formal ceremony at the Olso City Hall in Norway, U.S. President Barack Obama picked up his Nobel Peace Prize. Defending his involvement in the war in Afghanistan, Obama said, “the instruments of war have a role to play in preserving peace,” AFP. Transcript of Obama’s speech, Associated Press. In pictures, BBC News.
Dozens of villagers are being held hostage in the village of San Martin in Agusan del Sur province in the southern Philippines. The gunmen responsible are former members of a government-sponsored militia who are wanted by police for their involvement in violence related to feuds between local family clans. All children initially taken as hostages, as well as an elderly woman, were released last night. Negotiations resumed this morning for the remaining hostages. The gunmen are seeking to have their arrest warrants overturned, Associated Press.
After several days of violent protests, India has announced that it will separate part of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh into a new state to be called Telangana. Calls for Telangana to become its own state date back 50 years, BBC News.
Today is Human Rights Day, a day that urges people to get involved in stopping discrimination and raising awareness about human rights, Voice of America. Today, December 10, is the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How to get involved, UN. A look back at human rights in 2009 from Human Rights Watch, Al Jazeera.