Spain's Prince of Asturias Foundation has presented this year's award
for promoting understanding among peoples to former French-Colombian
hostage and politician Ingrid Betancourt.
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe presided over the awards ceremony Friday in the northern city of Oviedo.
her acceptance speech, Betancourt appealed for Latin American countries
to fight arms and drug trafficking, which she said feed kidnappings and
Among other recipients of the 2008 Asturias awards
were tennis star Rafael Nadal for sports, and the Internet search
engine Google for communication and humanities.
and technical research award went to one Japanese and four American
scientists for their work in the field of nanotechnology.
Prince of Asturias Foundation, headed by Crown Prince Filipe, awards
eight Asturias prizes annually, covering such fields as the arts,
science, and sports.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.