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Notes from America: Why Ahmed got arrested and Malala got a Nobel prize

Ahmed Mohamed, the young inventor, and Malala Yousafzai, the young women rights advocate, both have a story. However, each story has a different narrative and a different ending. Ahmed and Malala are both Muslims and were both victims of ignorance, bigotry and a self-righteous mindset, and they both became household names. Ahmed was a victim …

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Call of a lifetime: ‘Congrats! You win a Nobel!’

By Karl Ritter / AP STOCKHOLM: Scientists, writers and brokers of peace around the world will be holding their breaths for a potentially life-altering, $1.5 million phone call from Scandinavia next week. Goran Hansson will dial the first one. “Sometimes they think that I’m joking,” said Hansson, secretary of the Nobel Prize committee for medicine. He …


Arab Spring, Obama, China: Nobel committee chair speaks out

OSLO: The Norwegian Nobel Committee met Friday to pick the 2011 peace prize winner, with the committee chair telling AFP this year’s choice was a relatively easy one, amid speculation Arab Spring actors could win. "It has not been particularly difficult this year [to decide on a winner]," Thorbjoern Jagland said a day before the …


Nobel peace ceremony honors absent laureate Liu

OSLO: The head of the Nobel committee placed this year’s peace prize on an empty chair Friday as he called on a furious Beijing to free the new laureate Liu Xiaobo from his Chinese prison cell. As Communist authorities in Beijing fumed at the award for the 54-year-old dissident and pro-China demonstrators gathered outside the …


Nobel China stand-off heats up ahead of ceremony

OSLO: Supporters and opponents of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo were mobilizing Thursday on the eve of a ceremony in honor of the absent Nobel Peace Prize laureate that has enraged Beijing. China has kept up a barrage of criticism of the award to Liu who will be unable to attend the ceremony, insisting that …


China state media says Nobel prize created global ‘chaos’

BEIJING: China’s state media on Wednesday again rounded on the Nobel committee, calling their decision to honor jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo "sheer bravado" and saying it created "tremendous chaos" in the world. Beijing has for the past two months sharply criticized the Oslo-based committee’s decision to give the peace prize to Liu, who was jailed …