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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded, Alexievich To Receive Literature Prize Soon

The winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize, members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on December 10.

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet has picked up its 2015 Nobel Peace Prize at a formal ceremony in Oslo, with a leader of one of the four members of the group saying that the fight against terrorism has become an "absolute priority."

Houcine Abassi, secretary-general of the Tunisian General Labor Union, told the awards ceremony that there was "a great need of dialogue between civilizations," and for "peaceful coexistence."

In Stockholm, the Nobel Prize winners in literature, chemistry, physics, medicine, and economics were gathering to receive their prizes from the king of Sweden later on December 10.

Among them is Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich won the literature prize for her portrayal of the harshness of life in the Soviet Union.

In her first public statement after winning the prize, Alexievich denounced Russia's intervention in Ukraine as an "invasion."

The 67-year-old Alexievich, who was born in Soviet Ukraine to a Belarusian father and a Ukrainian mother, told RFE/RL she wanted to use the spotlight cast on her by the award to try to spark a nonviolent "revolution in the minds of people."

Based on reporting by RFE/RL's Russian Service, Reuters, and AP