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Egyptian legal scholar wins top rights prize

Geneva - An Egyptian legal scholar and a leading figure in his country's embattled rights movement won one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes on Tuesday.

Japan A-bomb survivors hail ICAN Nobel Peace Prize win

Toukyo - Survivors of the World War II atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Friday congratulated ICAN on winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize, vowing to work together with the disarmament group to achieve a nuclear-free world.

Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Nuclear disarmament campaign group ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to consign the atomic bomb to history, firing off a warning that Donald Trump's presidency showed the true extent of the risk posed by weapons of mass destructi...

Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Nuclear disarmament group ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb as nuclear-fuelled crises swirl over North Korea and Iran.

Nobel Foundation increases cash award for prizes

Stockholm - One week before the announcement of the 2017 Nobel prizes begins, the Nobel Foundation said Monday that this year's winners will receive a larger monetary award worth over a million dollars.

Paul Auster tops shortlist for Man Booker prize

London - US author Paul Auster tops the shortlist for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize published Wednesday, one of six books that organisers said "collectively push against the borders of convention".

Top human rights prize names finalists

Geneva - An El Salvadoran transgender advocate, five detained Cambodian activists and an Egyptian legal scholar were nominated on Wednesday for one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes.

No Ibrahim Prize awarded for African leadership

London - The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday.

Yazidi prize winners demand IS leaders face justice

Strasbourg - Two Yazidi women activists pleaded tearfully on Tuesday for Europe to bring Islamic State group leaders to justice for the crime of genocide, as they accepted the EU's Sakharov human rights prize.

Santos: no guarantee of peace with ELN rebels by end of mandate

Oslo - Hours before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he could offer no guarantees there would be a peace deal in place with ELN rebels before the end of his mandate in 2018.

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.

Yazidi survivor of IS slavery aims to be 'voice' of her people

Stuttgart - A Yazidi teenager who escaped the Islamic State group after nearly two years of enslavement said Friday the prospect of one day becoming a "voice" for her community saw her through the nightmarish ordeal.

Facts on Iraq's Yazidi minority

Strasbourg - Iraq's Yazidi minority is in the spotlight Thursday after two women from the community won the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize.

Sakharov Prize a condemnation of IS 'criminal inhumanity': Murad

Washington - Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived enslavement by the Islamic State group, welcomed the Sakharov prize for human rights Thursday as a "profound condemnation" of the jihadists' "criminal inhumanity.

Yazidi survivors of IS torture win EU's Sakharov prize

Strasbourg - Two Yazidi women who survived a nightmare ordeal of kidnapping, rape and slavery at the hands of Islamic State jihadists won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday.

Highlands murder tale tipped for Booker Prize win

Edinburgh - A tale of murder and class warfare in the Scottish Highlands by a little-known novelist is one of the favourites to win this year's Booker Prize for literature on Tuesday.

Jailed Chinese activist wins top rights prize for Uighur work

Geneva - A jailed Chinese scholar defending the country's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority won a leading human rights honour on Tuesday, a move swiftly condemned by Beijing.

Snowden loses lawsuit against Norway to prevent extradition

Oslo - A court in Norway on Monday refused to provide assurances to US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that he would not be extradited if he visits the country to accept an award in November.

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.

Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition during award visit

Oslo - Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government seeking a guarantee he will not be extradited if he visits to accept an award, a literary rights group said Thursday.

Pope Francis wins German prize for fostering European values

Berlin - Pope Francis will accept next year's Charlemagne prize, a prominent annual German award for promoting European values, organisers said Wednesday.

EU shortlists Russia's Nemtsov for rights prize

Brussels - The European Parliament on Thursday shortlisted assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi and the Venezuelan opposition for its Sakharov human rights prize.

Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

Stockholm - A trio of scientists earned the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives.

Nobel Medicine Prize opens week of awards

Stockholm - A week of Nobel prize announcements kicks off Monday with the medicine prize, while the most closely-watched award, the Nobel Peace Prize, is seen possibly honouring work to help refugees to a better life.

Merkel tops speculation on scooping Nobel Peace Prize

Stockholm - Speculation mounted Friday that Angela Merkel could scoop this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership during Europe's migrant crisis after she was being tipped by one of Germany's leading newspapers and experts in Norway.

Russia's Nemtsov, Saudi's Badawi, listed for EU rights prize

Brussels - Assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukraine military pilot held on murder charges by Moscow and jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi were shortlisted Thursday for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize...

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Oslo - Edward Snowden will be represented by an empty chair next week when he is honoured with a freedom of expression prize in Norway, as he fears extradition to the US, organisers said Friday.

Death of Nobel committee head who honoured Mandela

Oslo - The former head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the Peace Prize each year, historian Francis Sejersted, has died aged 79 following a long illness, his family said Tuesday.

Namibia leader wins $5m Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

Nairobi - Namibia's outgoing president was on Monday named winner of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for "good governance" in Africa, the world's richest award that has seen a dearth of worthy candidates.

Pakistan's Malala, India's Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to 17-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, and to India's Kailash Satyarthi for their championing of children's rights.
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