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Nobel Committee Reports Record 2011 Peace Prize Nominations

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega greets to Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Guatemalan indigenous leader Rigoberta Menchu, during a ceremony starting the school year in the country in Ciudad Sandino, about 17 kms west Managua, February 15, 2011

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced it received a record number of nominations for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

The committee said Tuesday there are 241 nominations for the prize, including 53 organizations.

Last year, the committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiabo after receiving 237 nominations.

The committee keeps the list of nominees secret, but a Norwegian lawmaker has already announced he nominated Wikileaks for the prize.

The deadline for nominations was February 1. The winner will be announced in October.

Members of parliament from all nations, political science and law professors, and previous winners may all submit nominations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.