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Putin, Pope, Snowden Among Nominees For Nobel Peace Prize

A record 278 nominations have been made for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, ranging from Pope Francis and Pakistani teen-education advocate Malala Yousafzai to Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute's director, Geir Lundestad, said on March 5 that the nominations included 231 individuals and 47 organizations.

EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton has also been nominated along with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci for the promotion of reconciliation in the Balkans.

The committee narrowed its list to between 25 and 40 on March 4 and will cut it to about a dozen by the end of April.

The winner is usually announced in October.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, ITAR-TASS, and AFP