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Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for supernovae research

Researchers Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics PrizeTuesday for their research on supernovae, the Nobel jury said. “They have studied several dozen exploding stars, called supernovae, and discovered that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate,” it said, adding that their discovery had…

China’s Nobel laureate leaves jail briefly: brother

China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was briefly allowed out of prison last month after his father died, his brother told AFP, in an unusual break in the dissident’s 11-year term. Liu Xiaoxuan said his elder brother “was sent back home on September 18″ to mark the seventh…

Arab bloggers debate role ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

Arab bloggers in Tunis on Monday discussed the role they played in the “Arab Spring,” just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for which some among them are seen as frontrunners. As the meeting got underway in the country whose “Jasmine Revolution” kicked off the turmoil in…

Obama’s Nobel-winning Fed pick withdraws, slams partisan politics

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nobel Prize winner Peter Diamond said on Sunday he planned to withdraw as a nominee for Federal Reserve governor, after his nomination was repeatedly opposed by Republicans. “It is time for me to withdraw, as I plan to inform the White House,” Diamond, an economics professor…

Iran not a nuclear threat, says Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

In an interview with Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh warned that the United States’ “aggressive” sanction policy against Iran was aimed at halting a nuclear weapons program that does not exist. “Clearly the sanction policy is aimed at trying to force Iran to change its foreign…

2010 Pulitzer Prizes awarded at Columbia University

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times were each awarded two coveted Pulitzer Prizes for journalism on Monday. The Los Angeles Times won the public service award for its exposure of corruption in the Californian city of Bell where officials tapped the treasury to pay themselves large…

‘The King’s Speech’ wins best film Oscar

HOLLYWOOD — British historical drama “The King’s Speech” was crowned with the best film Oscar, at the climax of the movie industry’s 83rd Academy Awards show. “The King’s Speech” tells the story of how King George VI overcame a stammer helped by an Australian voicecoach. The film took other top…

$5 million lawsuit targets Jimmy Carter for ‘attacking Israel’

WASHINGTON – Former President Jimmy Carter has become the target of a class action lawsuit over ostensibly mean things he said about Israel in his best-selling 2006 book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The lawsuit, filed in New York by an Israeli firm, alleges that the book “contained numerous false and…

WikiLeaks among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO – Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian politician behind the proposal said on Wednesday, a day after the deadline for nominations expired. The Norwegian Nobel Committee accepts nominations for what many consider as the world’s top accolade until February 1, although…

Nobel peace ceremony goes ahead with empty chair

Nobel committee holds peace prize ceremony with an empty chair for the jailed Chinese laureate Clapping solemnly, dignitaries in Norway celebrated this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, with an empty chair. Friday’s ceremony was the first time in 74 years the prestigious $1.4 million award…

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