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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at home in Mexico

Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets journalists and neighbours on his birthday outside his house in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters\Edgard Garrido

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at his home in Mexico at the age of 87, a source close to his family has confirmed.

The Colombian writer's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality.


Professor Peter Higgs receives his Nobel Prize

British scientist Peter Higgs received his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The Edinburgh University emeritus professor was awarded the prestigious prize alongside Francois Englert for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson, but was unable to collect the prize in October.

Professor Peter Higgs (left) Credit: REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency
The Nobel Prize ceremony Credit: REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency

Nobel Prize-winning Peter Higgs plans to retire

Nobel Prize winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs has revealed plans to retire next year at the age of 85.

Professor Higgs, who travels across the world to give lectures in his role as a emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, said:

"I'm proposing to retire at the age of 85 next year. Flying around the world giving lectures is a fairly recent phenomenon because of the build up to this discovery at Cern but for many years I had a quiet time in retirement."

Higgs revealed he first heard he won the prestigious award when a women stopped to congratulate him in the street. Credit: PA Wire

The 84-year-old, who was recognised for his achievements on the theory of the the Higgs Boson particle last week, also revealed that he had turned down a knighthood in 1999.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the Professor said: ""I got the offer from Tony Blair in November 1999. I would have been included in the millennium honours and I said no thank you.

"I thought anything of that sort was premature and anyway I didn't want that sort of title thank you. I actually didn't want any sort of title."

Malala congratulates watchdog on Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai, who had been favourite to land the Nobel Peace Prize, has issued a statement congratulating the eventual winners and thanking her supporters.

The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), the body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, earlier landed the prestigious award.

The statement from the Pakistani schoolgirl, who has continued to campaign for education after being shot by the Taliban, read:

The OPCW is an important organisation working on the ground to help rid the world of chemical weapons.

I would like to congratulate them on this much-deserved global recognition.

I would also like to thank the people and media in Pakistan, and those from all over the world, for their support, kindness and prayers.

I will continue to fight for the education for every child, and I hope people will continue to support me in my cause.

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.

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