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Record 199 Nominations for Nobel Peace Prize This Year


A record 199 individuals and organizations have been nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian awards committee's secretary Geir Lundestad said Thursday the final list includes 163 people and 36 organizations.

The committee keeps the nomination list secret. However, Norwegian news media say this year's nominations may include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, rock singer Bono, Pope John Paul II, Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko and former Czech president, Vaclav Havel.

The award, which includes a check for $1.6 million, is handed out at a ceremony in Oslo on the 10th of December - the anniversary of the death of the prize's founder, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP, AFP.

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