Less than a year after taking office, U.S. President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized the president for his work to strengthen international diplomacy -- citing in particular his effort to free the world of nuclear weapons. The award has drawn a mixture of praise and surprise. And President Obama himself says he was surprised and humbled by the news but views the award as a call to action. More from VOA's Rob Raffaele.
Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland says Mr. Obama has captured world's attention, given its people hope for a better future.
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The governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan separately congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama Friday for winning the prestigious 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
VOANews: Muted, Mixed Reaction in Asia to Obama Nobel Peace Prize
The surprise announcement that President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize brought muted and mixed reaction in Asia.
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The Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, honored the first-year president for ''extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.''
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