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'You had the Nobel Prize?' Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad

'You had the Nobel Prize?' Trump learns of Yazidi activist MuradUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause of Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help the Yazidis of Iraq. Murad, one of thousands of women and girls from the ancient faith abducted by the Islamic State group as they overran swathes of Iraq in 2014, joined a group of survivors of religious persecution who met Trump in the Oval Office on the sidelines of a major meeting at the State Department. After Murad explained how her mother and six brothers were killed and that 3,000 Yazidis remained missing, Trump said, “And you had the Nobel Prize?



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Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran KhanMore than 300,000 people have signed online petitions calling for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to receive a Nobel Peace Prize after he freed an Indian pilot in a bid to defuse tensions with his country’s arch-rival neighbour. The capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had become the focus of renewed hostilities between the nuclear-armed rivals which have alarmed the international community. The hashtag #NobelPeaceForImranKhan began trending on Twitter on Thursday after Khan unexpectedly announced that the captured pilot would be released as a “peace gesture”.



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Nobel winner Murad, Guaido envoy invited to Trump's State of Union

Nobel winner Murad, Guaido envoy invited to Trump's State of UnionNobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s envoy to Washington are among the top guests invited to attend US President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, lawmakers announced Monday. It’s an occasion for the Democrats, Republicans and independents of the 100-member Senate and 435-member House of Representatives to bring guests who symbolize policy goals and bring attention to the causes they hold dear. Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group to become a leading campaigner against sexual violence in war, and Carlos Vecchio, whom the US has recognized as Venezuela’s top diplomat in Washington, are among the high-profile guests this year.



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10 Americans who have won the Nobel Peace Prize

10 Americans who have won the Nobel Peace PrizeOn this day in 1901, the first Nobel prizes were awarded in ceremonies in Sweden and Norway. Since then, the Nobel Peace Prize has earned special significance, with 21 Americans gaining the honor, along with several U.S.-based organizations.



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Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violenceSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The Congolese doctor who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war called Monday for strong international action against the abuse, including reparations for victims.



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Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict

Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflictCongolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, an IS sex slave survivor, will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize Monday, as they challenge the world to combat rape as a weapon of war. Mukwege, dubbed “Doctor Miracle” for his work helping victims of sexual violence, and Murad, who has turned her experience into powerful advocacy for her Yazidi people, will receive the prize at a ceremony in Oslo. The Norwegian Nobel Committee in October said the prize was for “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.



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Yazidis celebrate Murad's Nobel prize as they mark top ritual

Yazidis celebrate Murad's Nobel prize as they mark top ritualYazidi pilgrims trekked up a mountain in northern Iraq barefoot Friday for their most important ritual, their joy doubled on hearing that their “daughter” Nadia Murad had won the Nobel Peace Prize. All around him, pilgrims flocking to Sheikh Adi’s shrine are all smiles and proud of the young Nobel peace laureate, the first Iraqi to receive such an honour.



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Nobel Peace Prize 2018 goes to Yazidi activist and Congolese gynaecologist 

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 goes to Yazidi activist and Congolese gynaecologist Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, and Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have jointly won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it had awarded them the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. "Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes," it said in its citation. Ms Murad is an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq and for refugee and women's rights in general. Aged 19, she was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul in 2014. She fled Iraq and spoke openly about the abuse she suffered – repeatedly gang-raped, tortured and beaten during the three months she was held. Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad poses for a portrait at United Nations headquarters in New York Credit: Reuters Six of her brothers and mother were killed by the jihadists. She has since fought for the 3,000 Yazidis who remain missing. With the help of an organisation that assists Yazidis, she joined her sister in Germany, where she lives today. She has since dedicated herself to what she calls "our peoples' fight", before a well-known spokeswoman even before the #MeToo movement swept the world. "As a survivor, I am grateful for this opportunity to draw international attention to the plight of the Yazidi people who have suffered unimaginable crimes," she said in a statement. "Many Yazidis will look upon this prize and think of family members who have been lost, are still unaccounted for, or remain in captivity." Many have viewed the two recipient choices as a nod to the movement. The bookies' favourites had been leaders Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un for their attempts at reconciliation between North and South Korea.  Ms Murad was named a United Nations goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking. and campaigned alongside human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to get the UN the body to recognise the crimes against the Yazidis as genocide. She is the second-youngest receipient of the peace prize after Malala Yousafzai, a Pakastani woman who was shot by the Taliban on her way to school. Mr Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege poses during a photo session in Paris. Credit: AFP Denis Mukwege is a crusading gynaecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in DRC, whose work was the subject of an acclaimed 2015 film titled: "The Man Who Mends Women." A father to five children, the tireless 63-year-old is an outspoken critic of the abuse of women in war who has repeatedly accused the world of failing to act. He had been repeatedly nominated for his work with gang rape victims from the conflicts that have ravaged his homeland. Mr Mukwege has called on the world to take a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war. "We have been able to draw a red line against chemical weapons, biological weapons and nuclear arms," he told AFP in 2016. "Today we must also draw a red line against rape as a weapon of war," he said, describing it as a "cheap and efficient" form of terror which condemns its victims to "a life sentence". Recalling the moment he saw such a patient for the first time in 1999 – the year he set up Panzi hospital – Mukwege recounted how the rapists had inserted a gun into a woman's genitals and fired. "Her whole pelvis was destroyed. I thought it was the work of a madman, but the same year I treated 45 similar cases," he said. Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Credit: REUTERS "For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women's bodies and I cannot remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other." The prize will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will. 



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Nobel peace prize winner calls on Congolese government to quit

Nobel peace prize winner calls on Congolese government to quitThe Congolese doctor named the joint winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize has called on the Congolese government to leave power, describing the polls scheduled for December as a “parody of an election”. Dr Denis Mukwege, who was in surgery when he heard that he had won the prize for his treatment of 50,000 survivors of sexual violence, has been an outspoken critic of the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, and his government.



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Nadia Murad: from jihadist slave to Nobel laureate

Nadia Murad: from jihadist slave to  Nobel laureateNadia Murad survived the worst cruelties ever inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, before becoming a global champion of their cause and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. On Friday, Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the prize for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war,” Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo. The 25-year-old Murad, her thin, pale face framed by her long brown hair, once lived a quiet life in her village near the mountainous Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar in northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria.



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