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Record 278 nominees for Peace Prize: Nobel Institute

Published on Mar 5, 2014 6:30 AM

OSLO (AFP) - A record 278 candidates have been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced in October in Oslo, the Nobel Institute said on Tuesday.

"The number of nominations increases almost every year, which shows a growing interest in the prize," the head of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP.

"We receive nominations from absolutely everywhere in the world," he added. The Nobel committee convened on Tuesday for the first time this year to examine the candidate list.

All nominations - which can be made by lawmakers, university rectors and others deemed to have the right qualifications - had to be sent before the February 1 deadline to be valid.

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