Nobel Peace Prize

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Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Man Helping End 52-Year War

Colombian president won despite voter rejection of deal with rebels

(Newser) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for what the Nobel Committee calls "his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end," the AP reports. Santos and Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces... More »

Among Nobel Nominees: Pope, Merkel ... Trump?

And also against 374 other nominees in a record year

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have settled his recent beef with Pope Francis , but there may be a new skirmish brewing between the two—this time over the Nobel Peace Prize. The GOP frontrunner and the pontiff are both among the record number of nominees this year, the Guardian reports. The previous... More »

Nobel Buzz Builds for Greek Islanders

They have been on the frontlines of the refugee crisis

(Newser) - Some 1 million refugees flooded into Europe last year—fleeing war, oppression, and poverty in the Middle East and Africa—and more than 80% of them came through Greece, CNN reports, a situation that has thrust residents of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea onto the frontlines of the... More »

Surprise Peace Prize Winners Helped Build a Democracy

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet a surprise winner

(Newser) - Pope Francis and Angela Merkel were among the early favorites, but this year's Nobel Peace Prize has gone to a group that hasn't been in the headlines as much: the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. "After the Arab Spring in Tunisia in 2010-2011, the Quartet paved the way... More »

Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Angela Merkel

Leonid Bershidsky says there's good reason she's the favorite to win

(Newser) - On Friday, the world will get its latest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Pope Francis, John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai are all on the list, reports the Guardian . But if Leonid Bershidsky has his way, it will go to none of the above. "... More »

Malala Collects Her Nobel

She and Kailash Satyarthi are awarded Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today, officially making her, at 17, the youngest-ever recipient of the prize. The Pakistani education advocate and joint winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child-rights advocate, attended the award ceremony in Oslo today, and the Nobel committee noted the importance of a Muslim... More »

Nobel Laureates to Obama: Open Up on CIA Torture

Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta lead charge for transparency

(Newser) - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have penned a letter to President Obama that asks their fellow laureate to open up a "grim chapter" in US history: the use of torture. The open letter on—chaired by former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta—appeals to the president to... More »

Malala Gave Obama Advice About Guns

Namely, send books instead

(Newser) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says that when she met fellow laureate President Obama, she offered him a "very simple" message: Education is the best way to fight terrorism. "I said, 'Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending weapons, send teachers,'"... More »

Be Glad for Malala, but Please Don't Patronize Her

Let's skip this 'bravest girl in the world' sentiment: columnists

(Newser) - While Slate's Joshua Keating argued previously that the Nobel Peace Prize should go to no one this year, he's not about to begrudge Malala Yousafzai, who was named a co-recipient today . The 17-year-old Pakistani activist is certainly worthy, he writes at the website . Just one thing, though: Can... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Should Go to No One

It would actually mark the 20th time that's happened

(Newser) - The culmination of Nobel week comes on Friday, when the Nobel Prize for Peace is handed to ... no one, hopes Joshua Keating. In a column for Slate , Keating writes that in the past, and "at its best," the award has shone a spotlight on important issues—like climate... More »

Putin Gets Nobel Peace Prize Nod

But that whole Ukraine situation may pose a slight problem

(Newser) - No, it's not an Onion headline: Among this year's record 278 Nobel Peace Prize nominees is one Vladimir Putin. Any member of a national assembly worldwide is eligible to nominate candidates, Reuters notes, adding that the Nobel Committee is likely to take Russia's actions in Crimea into... More »

Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

His NSA leaks will lead to a safer world, say Norwegian politicians

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that Nobel peace laureate Barack Obama will not be rooting for this particular fellow American to join him in the winners' circle. Two Norwegian politicians today formally nominated Edward Snowden for the honor, reports Bloomberg . The members of parliament acknowledged that Snowden's NSA leaks... More »

Assad Makes a Funny: I Deserved the Nobel

Meanwhile, terrible things continue happening in Syria

(Newser) - That Bashar al-Assad sure is a kidder. When asked today to comment on the Nobel Peace Prize—which was awarded to the UN group currently working to dismantle his chemical weapons arsenal—the Syrian ruler quipped that it "should have been mine," the AFP reports. The comment came... More »

Everyone Loves Pakistan's Malala ... Except Pakistan

Many in her home country think she's a CIA agent

(Newser) - Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been on a whirlwind book tour of the US, winning hearts and minds with her courageous story of sticking up for women's education in her native Pakistan, then surviving being shot in the head by a Taliban assassin last year. Yesterday, Malala met with President... More »

Nobel Committee Turned to Twitter to Find Winner

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons currently working in Syria

(Newser) - A 16-year-old won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but, no, it wasn't Malala . Instead, the honor goes to the group currently at work trying to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons in Syria—the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, reports the LA ... More »

Dennis Rodman: I Deserve Nobel Peace Prize

For his incredible work in North Korea, he explains

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is pretty pleased with himself and the important work he did over in North Korea. So pleased, in fact, that he offers up this amazing quote to Sports Illustrated :
  • "My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to
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EU Accepts Peace Prize Amid Protest

Former winners, local demonstrators slam award

(Newser) - The European Union officially received the Nobel Peace Prize today in an Oslo ceremony attended by some 20 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and UK deputy PM Nick Clegg. The prize committee applauded the EU's efforts toward peace in Europe after World War II, and called leaders... More »

Nobel for Malala? Thousands Sign Petition

Backers hope she gets formally nominated for peace prize

(Newser) - As Malala Yousufzai continues her recovery in a UK hospital, more than 90,000 supporters hope the Pakistani teenager has a big honor in store next year: the Nobel Peace Prize. A petition at to get the 15-year-old nominated for the honor is drawing support from around the... More »

Did the Nobel 'Jump the Shark' With EU Prize?

Reactions range from approval to derision

(Newser) - The Nobel committee has made some strange choices over the years, but awarding its peace prize to the European Union "may be the most bizarre decision in the history of the award," writes Dashiell Bennett at the Atlantic . So naturally, it's got people talking. Here's what... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to ... European Union

It's another surprise pick

(Newser) - As it struggles with internal divisions and an ongoing debt crisis, the European Union has been given a surprise morale boost by the Nobel Committee—plus a $1.2 million prize a few of its members could certainly use. The committee awarded the 2012 peace prize to the 27-member bloc,... More »

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