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Friday, 03 March 2017 - 9:17
318 candidates for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
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A near-record 318 people and organisations are in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said on Thursday, a motley crew believed to include Syria's White Helmets, Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

The names of the nominees are kept secret for 50 years, but those entitled to nominate candidates, including lawmakers and government ministers, former laureates and some university professors, are free to reveal the name of the person or group they have nominated.

As a result, the list is believed to include the White Helmets, jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, and Edward Snowden, who revealed the scope of America's NSA electronic surveillance programme.
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