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Chemical watchdog accepts Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

The world chemical weapons watchdog accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Tuesday in Oslo, where it was praised for positive developments in Syria. "With this year's prize, we prompt those states that have not acceded to the (Chemical Weapons) Convention to do so," the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland, said at the ceremony. nsb/ph/yad

Roma under fire in crisis-hit EU: Council of Europe chief

Europe's Roma are paying a high price amid the spiralling economic crisis, the head of the Council of Europe said Tuesday, warning that many more were likely to head westward as conditions deteriorate in the East. "Minorities in Europe are coming under a lot more pressure than they have in a long time," Thorbjoern Jagland said in an interview with AFP ahead of an address at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. "The tensions are really growing," he said, speaking in his native Norwegian.
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