Bill Clinton is among the 259 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
The former president -- who has once again been nominated for his charitable work -- will be going up against other nominees including Pakistani teenager Malala Yousufzai (who was shot by the Taliban for her efforts to support the schooling of girls), the Russian human rights organization Memorial, Myanmar's reformist President Thein Sein, and Russian punk band Pussy Riot (who were jailed after performing a protest prayer against Russian President Vladimir Putin).
The committee—who will announce their decision on October 12—does not release the names of nominees, but organizations who nominate persons for the award routinely reveal the names of nominees. A record number of nominations were received this year. Said Committee director Geir Lundestad: "The prize keeps gaining importance and attention. Presidents, prime ministers, former laureates submitted many of the nominations ... and we have plenty of new names as well as 'old' ones on the list."
by RTT Staff Writer
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