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Stockholm unveils plans for Nobel Prize home

The Nobel Foundation unveiled Wednesday the winning design for a building that will give the world's most prestigious prize a home for the first time in its 100-plus-year history. The Foundation hopes to inaugurate the 25,000-square-metre (269,000-square-feet) building in 2018, when it is expected to house nearly all its activities, including the Nobel Prize ceremony and the Nobel museum.

1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at South American pawn shop to be auctioned in Baltimore

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at a South American pawn shop is heading to the auction block. The award will be only the second Nobel Peace Prize to come to auction and marked the first time an individual from Latin America had received the honour. The New York-based Stack's Bowers Galleries is offering it for sale March 27 in Baltimore. The 23-karat relic weighs 222.4 grams, which in today's market would make it worth $9,168 for the gold alone. As an object to collectors and world history, its value is much greater.

Red Cross worker killed in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) - A Red Cross worker was killed on Saturday in the north of the Central African Republic, amid escalating religious violence that peacekeepers have been powerless to stop. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement armed men entered the Catholic mission in the northern town of Ndele, where four of its staff were based, and killed one of them, a Central African man. The remaining three are safe, it said.

Colombian rebels free police officer

Bogota, Mar 6 (EFE).- Colombia's ELN rebel group on Thursday freed an auxiliary police officer taken prisoner Feb. 17 in the northwestern province of Antioquia, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Rafael Eduardo Sierra Acosta, 19, was handed over to a delegation that included ICRC representatives and Cali Archbishop Dario de Jesus Monsalve. When he was freed, Sierra "was in proper shape to travel" and was transported in a helicopter to the airport in Caucasia, Antioquia, according to an ICRC communique.

Egypt bars Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire

Egypt detained and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire on Wednesday after she tried to enter the country, she and airport officials said. She had intended to join a delegation of activists going to the neighbouring Palestinian Gaza Strip on Thursday. On Tuesday, airport police had detained and deported American anti-war activist Medea Benjamin, also part of the delegation. She told AFP her arm was broken by the policemen. Maguire said she arrived at Cairo airport with fellow activist Ann Patterson on Tuesday night.

ICRC says aid workers missing in Mali

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that one of its teams was missing in strife-torn northern Mali, but it was not clear whether they had been kidnapped. "We can confirm that the ICRC lost contact with one of its vehicles, with five people on board," ICRC spokesman Alexis Heeb told AFP. The four ICRC staff members and a veterinarian from another aid organisation, went missing Saturday along with their vehicle on the road between the towns of Kidal and Gao, Heeb said. All five individuals are Malian citizens.

ICRC says aid workers missing in Mali

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that one of its teams was missing in strife-torn northern Mali, but it was not clear whether they had been kidnapped. "We can confirm that the ICRC lost contact with one of its vehicles, with five people on board," ICRC spokesman Alexis Heeb told AFP. The vehicle, which was carrying four ICRC staff members and a veterinarian from another aid organisation, went missing Saturday on the road between the towns of Kidal and Gao, Heeb said. All five individuals were from Mali, he said.

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Sudan on Sunday said it suspended activities of the international Red Cross because it violated guidelines for working in the war-torn country. "We observe that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is doing activities outside of its mandate under international law and the agreement with the government of Sudan," said a statement from Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission, which confirmed it suspended ICRC's activities as of February 1.

30 killed in C. Africa capital in three days

Fighting in the capital of strife-torn Central African Republic has killed at least 30 people over the past three days, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday. Thirty bodies have been collected from the streets of Bangui, the head of the ICRC delegation Georgios Georgantas said, adding that he was very concerned by the "unprecedented level of violence" that has also left at least 60 people wounded.

2013 Nobel Prize award ceremony held in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine and economic science attended the 2013 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall on Tuesday. The winner of Nobel Prize in Literature Alice Munro, who was unable to travel to Sweden for health reason, was represented by her daughter Jenny Munro at the award ceremony. Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Board of Nobel Foundation, addressed the ceremony with a warm welcome to the winners and their families for attending the ceremony in Sweden.
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