Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama sensationally won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday less than a year after he took office with the jury hailing his "extraordinary" diplomatic efforts on the international stage.

US President Barack Obama

Obama was honoured "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland said.

The committee attached "special importance to Obama's vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons" and said he had created "a new climate in international politics." Previous US winners

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," it said.

Former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari won the award in 2008.

Source: AFP

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