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318 candidates for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - A near-record 318 people and organisations are in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said on Thursday, a motley crew believed to include Syria's White Helmets, Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

Three Spanish architects win the Pritzker Prize

Barcelona - Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings.

Three Spanish architects win the Pritzker Prize

Barcelona - Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings.

Three Spanish architects win the Pritzker Prize

Barcelona - Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings.

'Moonlight' tops Spirit Awards a day ahead of Oscars

Santa Monica - Coming of age story "Moonlight" triumphed at the Spirit Awards, adding six trophies to the string of honors it has picked up with the Oscars just one day away.

'Moonlight' tops Spirit Awards a day ahead of Oscars

Santa Monica - Coming of age story "Moonlight" triumphed at the Spirit Awards, adding six trophies to the string of honors it has picked up with the Oscars just one day away.

Five things to watch at this year's Oscars bash

Los Angeles - It's no secret that "La La Land" is the big favorite to earn major Oscars glory on Sunday. But there are other stories sure to unfold on Hollywood's biggest night.Here are five things to watch for:- Clean sweep for 'La La Land'?

Joey + Rory win Grammy award for 'Hymns'

Musical duo Joey + Rory won their first Grammy award for "Best Roots Gospel Album" for their inspirational album "Hymns."

Nobel Peace Prize could be a call to order for Trump

Oslo - As activists seethe over Donald Trump's first days in the White House, some experts say this year's Nobel Peace Prize may prove to be an emphatic call on the president to respect human rights.

Irish author first novelist to win Costa prize twice

London - Irish writer Sebastian Barry on Tuesday became the first novelist to scoop the Costa Book of the Year award twice, with his portrayal of an 1850s gay relationship between US soldiers.

Villeneuve 'very disappointed' at Amy Adams Oscar snub

Los Angeles - Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve spoke Saturday of his exasperation at the Academy overlooking Amy Adams's acclaimed performance in sci-fi thriller "Arrival.

John Kerry given France's highest honour

Paris - US Secretary of State John Kerry has been given the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, with his French counterpart calling him "the most French of American officials".

Fish skin, snooker chalk win UK Turner Prize for Marten

London - Sculptor Helen Marten won the Turner Prize, at a London ceremony where the art world rallied against xenophobia and intolerance.

Swiss restaurant still in world's top 10 despite chef's suicide

Paris - The Swiss restaurant named the best in the world last year remained in the top 10 of the La Liste ranking Monday despite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed himself weeks after lifting the honour.

Bangladesh honours humble rail hero after daring rescue

Dhaka - A humble rail worker who shot to fame for pulling a suicidal man off train tracks was honoured by Bangladesh authorities Sunday, as footage of his heroism went viral.

Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award

Den Haag - Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said Friday ecologists should "not lose hope" in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including US President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama awards his final Presidential Medals of Freedom

Washington - Basketball star Michael Jordan, actor Robert De Niro and music legend Bruce Springsteen were among the 21 people honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Green Day chants against Trump at American Music Awards

Los Angeles - Green Day led a furious chant against President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday at the American Music Awards, where Ariana Grande proved her superstar status by taking the top prize.

Nobel panel signals desire for Dylan song at ceremony

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy said on Saturday that Bob Dylan is not obliged to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, but is required to hold some sort of lecture or even sing a song.

Tupac, Pearl Jam in running for Rock Hall of Fame

New York - Slain rap legend Tupac Shakur and emblematic grunge-era rockers Pearl Jam were nominated Tuesday to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in a field that includes Depeche Mode and Joan Baez.

Yazidi activist Nadia Murad wins rights prize

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe on Monday awarded its Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Iraqi activist Nadia Murad, who was a an IS sex slave before becoming the face of a campaign to protect her Yazidi people.

Santos to donate Nobel prize money to Colombia conflict victims

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday that he would donate his $925,000 in Nobel Peace Prize money to victims of the conflict that has roiled his country for half a century.

Op-Ed: Kelsea Ballerini should win the 2016 CMA 'Female Vocalist' award

Country star Kelsea Ballerini has been on fire this year, and she deserves to win the 2016 Country Music Association (CMA) award for "Female Vocalist of the Year."

US, Argentine films frontrunners for Venice's Golden Lion

Venice - From a dazzling musical to a biting comedy, films from the US and Argentina are tipped as favourites to win this year's Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, due to be announced Saturday.

Greek volunteers share UN refugee award

Geneva - More than 2,000 sea rescue volunteers, who last year saved thousands trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, have won the annual Nansen prize, the UN refugee agency announced Tuesday.

Fiery Beyonce dominates MTV awards

New York - Beyonce dominated the MTV Video Music Awards as she won a near-record award haul and awed the audience with a fiery dance medley with an unstated political message.

Beyonce invites mothers of slain black men to MTV awards

New York - Pop superstar Beyonce invited the mothers of slain African American men to the MTV Video Music Awards, where her politically charged "Formation" is up for the top prize.

Turkish editor wins German freedom of speech award

Berlin - The chief editor of Turkish newspaper Hurriyet was on Monday presented with a Freedom of Speech award by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle as concerns grow over press freedom in Turkey.

Detained Chinese lawyer wins Ludovic Trarieux rights prize

Atenas - Chinese lawyer Wang Yu, facing a possible life sentence in China, was on Saturday awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Prize for her work defending human rights, organisers announced in Athens on Saturday.

Palestinian novelist wins top Arab fiction prize

Abu Dhabi - A Palestinian author has won the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the first time for a novel about the Palestinian exodus in 1948 and the Holocaust.
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The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
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The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
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The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto