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Hiroshima survivor to accept Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear watchdog

OTTAWA: Setsuko Thurlow was 13 years old and standing only a mile away from ground zero when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945. More than 62 years after that horrific day, she will jointly accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of this year's laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organization in which she has played a major role. "I remember a bluish-white flash. My body was flung into the air, and I remember a sensation of floating,"…

War and the prize: how some Nobel laureates turn away from peace

OSLO: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest in a long line of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to disappoint many of those who once applauded her, and probably won’t be the last, a cautionary tale for the 2017 laureate who will be named next week. Suu Kyi is facing international criticism, including from fellow peace prize winner Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the U.N. says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state. The violence has forced 421,000 Rohingya…

Venezuela creates Hugo Chavez peace prize, awards to Russia’s Putin

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of peace prize in honour of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, and said he was awarding it to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The announcement comes on the same day that the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize to Juan Manuel Santos, president of neighbouring Colombia, for his role in negotiating a peace agreement with Marxist FARC rebels. "I've decided to create the Hugo Chavez prize for peace and the sovereignty," Maduro said during a…

Colombia peace bid ‘too far to turn back’ after Nobel: UN chief

OSLO: UN chief Ban Ki-moon hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday, saying it shows the country has come "too far to turn back now." The decision comes "at a critical moment when this special acknowledgement provides needed hope and encouragement to the Colombian people," the United Nations secretary general said about Santos's efforts to bring the country's half-century-long civil war with the FARC rebels to an end, despite voters' rejection of a historic peace deal.…

Nobel win ‘a great stimulus’ to Colombia peace: Santos

BOGOTA: President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday Colombia was "very, very" close to ending decades of war and that receiving the Nobel Peace Prize would be "a great stimulus" to that end.  In an interview with the Nobel Foundation, the Colombian leader accepted the prestigious award in the name of his people, and insisted a peace agreement was possible despite the nation's shock rejection of a historic deal he reached last month with the communist FARC rebels. "I receive this award in their name -- the Colombian people who…