The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize is to be announced in Oslo on Friday, and speculation over possible winners is rife.
Ahead of the announcement, the bookies’ favourites have included US president Donald Trump, as well as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The committee does not announce the names of nominees, but they have confirmed there are 331 of them, including 216 individuals and 115 groups.
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Other famous previous recipients of the humanitarian award in recent years include: Medecins sans Frontieres in 1999, Kofi Annan and the UN in 2001, Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, Barack Obama in 2009, The European Union in 2012, and Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi in 2014.
Last year, nuclear disarmament group the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the award for their decade-long effort to highlight the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons.
Some of the nominees in the frame for this year include Donald Trump, who has already said he should get it, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and his south Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.
Angela Merkel is also nominated, as is former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
Other nominees include The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which has challenged many of Mr Trump’s policies, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who has campaigned against sexual violence, and Raif Badawi – the Saudi Arabian blogger who is imprisoned for allegedly “insulting Islam”.
Bookies also have Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May tied at 100/1.
Welcome to the Nobel Prize 2018 liveblog. We will be posting updates as we get them. Stay tuned.
According to Alfred Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize is awarded to the person who in the preceding year “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
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