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Snowden, Putin cited as Nobel peace candidates hit record

US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday a record 278 candidates. "The number of nominations increases almost every year, which shows a growing interest in the prize," the head of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP. The Nobel committee convened Tuesday for the first time this year to examine the candidate list and will announce the laureate in Oslo on October 10.

Microsoft's Gates reclaims title as world's richest

The surging price of Microsoft shares returned US tech tycoon Bill Gates back to the top of Forbes's world's billionaires list, with his $76 billion beating out Mexico's Carlos Slim's $72 billion. The annual list, released Monday, counted 1,645 men and women as billionaires, with an average wealth of $4.5 billion and a collective wealth of $6.4 trillion, up $1 trillion from a year ago.

Bill Gates reclaims title of world's richest person

New York, Mar 3 (EFE).- Bill Gates was again the world's richest person in 2014, regaining the title taken from him over the past four years by Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, Forbes magazine reported Monday. The Spanish entrepreneur Amancio Ortega, founder of the textile group Inditex, added $7 billion to his wealth and remains owner of the third-largest fortune on the planet, increasing his lead over U.S. investor Warren Buffett.

Bill Gates reclaims title of world's richest person

New York, Mar 3 (EFE).- Bill Gates was again the world's richest person in 2014, regaining the title taken from him over the past four years by Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, Forbes magazine reported Monday. The Spanish entrepreneur Amancio Ortega, founder of the textile group Inditex, added $7 billion to his wealth and remains owner of the third-largest fortune on the planet, increasing his lead over U.S. investor Warren Buffett.

Key quotes from Oscars night

The following is a list of key quotes from the 86th Academy Awards held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood: FACING A PAINFUL PAST, AND PRESENT "I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today." -- Director Steve McQueen, on accepting the best picture Oscar for his epic "12 Years a Slave." INSPIRATION FROM ABOVE

DeGeneres' star-studded selfie sets Twitter record

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over. During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

DeGeneres' star-studded selfie sets Twitter record

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over. During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

And Leto's Oscar goes to ... journalists

Newly minted Oscar winner Jared Leto delighted journalists on Sunday by promptly inviting reporters to fondle his coveted statuette. The 42-year-old star picked up the ultimate accolade of an honor-laden awards season for his performance as an AIDS-stricken transgender woman in "Dallas Buyers Club." "Pass it around -- but if you have swine flu, please don't touch it," Leto joked to reporters after giving away his best supporting actor award. "If anyone wants to get a selfie with the Oscar, go for it," he added.

Leto first winner as curtain up on knife-edge Oscars

Jared Leto won the first Oscar on Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards show, as anticipation mounted over who would take home the coveted best picture prize on Hollywood's biggest night of the year. Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave," 3D space thriller "Gravity" and 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" are hotly tipped to take the top prizes at the Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season.

Jared Leto wins best supporting actor Oscar

Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of a transgender woman suffering from AIDS in "Dallas Buyers Club." Leto, who had been the clear favorite, beat fellow nominees Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips"), Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle"), Michael Fassbender ("12 Years A Slave") and Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). mt/sst
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