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Burma’s President among Nobel Prize Nominees

5 March 2013

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education is a wild card entry for this year’s Nobel Peace prize, with the leaders of Colombia and Burma among likely candidates for the award. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was certain to be on the list for his efforts to end half a century of conflict with the FARC guerrillas, alongside Burma’s President Thein Sein, who has led a transition from decades of dictatorship, people familiar with the committee’s deliberations said. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which announces its decision on Oct. 12, received a record number of nominations for this year’s award.—Reuters