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Kerry praises work of Nobel Peace Prize winners

John Kerry waves as he leaves Malaysia this afternoon. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has praised the work of the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who beat favourites Malala Yousafzai to win the Nobel Prize for Peace. In a statement, Mr Kerry said:

"I want to congratulate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for winning the Nobel Prize. The world will never forget the loss of the more than 1,000 innocent Syrians senselessly killed with chemical weapons on Aug. 21.

"There could be no more stark reminder why for almost 100 years, the international community has deemed the use of these weapons far beyond the bounds of acceptable conduct.

"Since that horrific attack, the OPCW has taken extraordinary steps and worked with unprecedented speed to address this blatant violation of international norms that shocked the conscience of people around the world."

Higgs says his Nobel prize was 'a long time coming'

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs has revealed that he first learned of his award when a former neighbour stopped him on the street to tell him.

Professor Peter Higss was recognised for his work on the Higgs boson "God particle" Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"She congratulated me on the news and I said 'oh, what news?" he said.

"She told me her daughter phoned from London to alert her to the fact I had got this prize. I heard more about it obviously when I got home and started reading the messages."

Higgs was awarded jointly for his work on the Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle" which gives matter its mass. Its existence was proved in 2012, 50 years after his work.

"Obviously I'm delighted and rather relieved in a sense that it's all over," Higgs said. "It's been a long time coming."


Nobel winner overseeing destruction of Syria's weapons

The body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee announced.

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General Ahmet Uzumcu, in the Hague on Wednesday. Credit: Reuters

The Hague-based OPCW was awarded the accolade for its "overall efforts" to rid the world of chemical weapons.

The group are responsible for implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention, entered into force in 1997. Their website says their role is that of "preventing chemistry from ever being used again for warfare."

Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai and gynaecologist Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo had been tipped as favourites to take the award.

Nobel Committee seeks to eliminate chemical weapons

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it has awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to the OPCW, as it wants to contribute to the continuation of the elimination of the world's chemical arsenal.

Who are the OPCW tipped to win the Nobel Prize?

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK said the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the (OPCW), is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Last year, the state broadcaster correctly leaked that the European Union was the winner.

The OPCW, based in The Hague, is currently working to disarm the forces of Syrian president Assad, following the chemical attack in Damascus on August 21. Here is how they explain what they do.


Malala hopes to be Prime Minister of Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai has expressed her desire to become her country's prime minister.

16-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai said she had previously wanted to be a doctor, but has changed her mind. Credit: Press Association

The 16-year-old Pakistani girl made her comments in an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Asked if she wanted to be a doctor or a politician, she said she had initially wanted to be a doctor, but had learned she could help people more as prime minister. She said:

"I can spend much of the budget on education."

Malala tipped to land the Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai is among the favourites. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for championing girls' right to education is widely tipped to receive the world's top peace award later.

Malala Yousafzai is among the favourites to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, with the winner due to be announced by the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway.

The award process is shrouded in secrecy and nominations cannot be published for 50 years, but a global campaign petitioning for Malala to be short-listed attracted more than half a million signatures.

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