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2011-03-01 14:00:00

There is a record 241 nominations for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, including anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Internet and a Russian human rights activist. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Tuesday that the 2011 field includes 53 organizations and tops the 237 nominees on last year's list. Known nominees also include Afghan rights advocate Sima Samar, the European Union, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, Russian rights group Memorial and its...

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2011-02-02 14:05:00

The Norwegian politician behind the Nobel Peace Prize nominations said Wednesday that Wikileaks has been nominated for the 2011 award. The Norwegian Nobel Committee accepts nominations for the world's top accolade every year until February 1, although the five panel members have until the end of the month to make their own proposals. Snorre Valen, a Norwegian parliamentarian, said Wikileaks was "one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency" in the 21st...

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2009-10-09 09:45:00

President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in an astonishing verdict. Nobel observers were stunned by the unforeseen decision so soon in the president's term, which began a short two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination cut-off date. The Norwegian Nobel Committee applauded the positive shift in global mood brought on by Obama's attempts at peace and collaboration and acknowledged his future goals: ridding the world of nuclear weapons, lessening American...

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2008-10-10 10:00:00

Finland's former president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his mediation in hot spots around the world, the Nobel Foundation announced. Ahtisaari's work in Namibia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Central Asia contributed to the "fraternity between nations," the Swedish foundation said in a release. Ahtisaari's work to resolve international conflicts spanning 30 years drew praise from the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which called him "an outstanding international mediator"...

2006-02-24 07:43:11

By James Kilner OSLO (Reuters) - Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof are among 191 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize -- the second longest list in the prize's 105-year history. Nominations for the $1.3 million award -- considered by many to be one of the world's top accolades -- trickled in from all corners of the globe, the director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad said on Friday. "There are two trends I want to point out. The first is that this is again a very...

2006-02-24 07:31:06

By James Kilner OSLO (Reuters) - Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof are among 191 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize -- the second longest list in the prize's 105-year history. Nominations for the $1.3 million award -- considered by many to be one of the world's top accolades -- trickled in from all corners of the globe, the director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad said on Friday. "There are two trends I want to point out. The first is that this is again a very...

2005-10-07 04:30:04

OSLO (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog and its head, Mohamed ElBaradei, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to limit the spread of atomic weapons. The Norwegian Nobel Committee picked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and ElBaradei, an Egyptian, from a record field of 199 candidates. It praised ElBaradei as an "unafraid advocate" of measures to strengthen non-proliferation efforts. The two had been among favorites for the award on the 60th...

2005-10-03 03:45:24

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Irish rock stars Bob Geldof and Bono are among the bookmakers' tips to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, alongside more orthodox candidates like campaigners against nuclear arms or a peace broker for Indonesia. Experts are divided about whether the secretive five-member committee would dare to broaden the scope of the $1.3 million award in 2005 to honor Geldof or Bono, who have campaigned for years to ease hunger and poverty in Africa. Last year,...


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