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UK's Peter Higgs joint winner of Nobel Prize in Physics

Higgs boson scientists Peter Higgs from the UK and Belgium's Francois Englert have won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics.

They were among among several physicists in the 1960's who proposed a mechanism explaining why the Higgs boson particle, the universe's most basic building block, has mass.

Professor Peter Higgs. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The particle was discovered in 2012 Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Swizterland.


Clegg: Nobel Peace Prize award to EU 'not a bad thing'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that "it's not a bad thing" to honour peace in the European Union with the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Liberal Democrat leader said: "It's a not a bad thing from time to time to recognise that we've had 70 years of peace in a continent that had been racked with conflict and war for much of the last century."


Cameron snubs EU's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

European leaders are in Norway to collect the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize but Prime Minister David Cameron will not attend.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

The European Union was awarded the prize for fostering peace on a continent ravaged by war.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will represent Britain at the ceremony in Oslo, where Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland will present the prize worth $1.2 million (around £750,000).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will be among the leaders at the ceremony which comes before a summit on the financial crisis later this week.

Cameron invited to EU Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has invited David Cameron to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony:

National Security Council 'congratulate' EU on award

The National Security Council (NSC) has congratulated the European Union on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The United States congratulates the European Union on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This award recognizes Europe’s commitment to the principles of democracy, freedom, and human rights, as well as its efforts to advance these values across the world.

In addition, it reflects the spirit and dedication of the Europeans to coexist peacefully in a society that draws strength from the diversity of its people, its languages and its cultures. We have no stronger partner than Europe and are pleased to see it recognized for its achievements.

– NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor

Cameron's 'no comment' on EU's Nobel Peace Prize

David Cameron made no comment on the European Union's Nobel Peace Prize award bucking the trend of other EU leaders who were quick to express their pride.

David Cameron made no comment on the European Union's Nobel Peace Prize award. Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the selection of the EU was a "wonderful decision" contrasting the Prime Minister who remained silent on the subject.

A spokesman for Mr Cameron said: "I don't think we're intending on putting anything out".

However, the Foreign Office did comment on the award, saying: "This award recognises the EU's historic role in promoting peace and reconciliation in Europe, particularly through its enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe".

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