The Norwegian Nobel Institute has announced a near-record number of nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

The five-member awards committee says there are 191 nominations.  Last year's award to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its leader Mohamed ElBaradei followed a record 199 nominees.

The committee keeps the nomination list secret.  The institute's director Geir Lundestad would only say 168 individuals and 23 organizations were suggested from all parts of the world.

However, those who submit nominations can announce their selections.

Nominees include a former Finnish President and Indonesian President for negotiating peace in Indonesia's Aceh province.   

Also on the list are U2 singer Bono and Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof for their work on poverty eradication.

The Peace Prize is awarded on December 10 in Oslo. 

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