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    Nobel Peace Prize to Be Awarded in Oslo on Friday

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    The Norwegian Nobel Committee is going to award the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The favorites of the race were Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) chief Rodrigo London, alias Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez for signing a historic peace treaty that should have ended a more than 50-year long war. However, on October 2, Colombia's National Election Council said the peace agreement failed to garner the support of the majority of Colombian voters at a referendum, which decreases the chances of the warring parties’ leaders to get the prize.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as well as several nuclear experts are also regarded as favorites for reaching the 2015 nuclear deal.

    Among other contenders reportedly are National Security Agency’s (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and the Syria Civil Defense volunteer organization also known as the White Helmets.

    The exact list of 376 nominees is unknown in accordance with the Nobel Committee’s rules.

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