The Arab Spring is widely tipped to be recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but Africans, from Liberia, or perhaps Sudan, offer a strong challenge that may have more global appeal for the judges.
With no woman winning the award
China will not yield to outside pressure on jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, striking a combative tone the day before the award is due to be formally bestowed.
Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision that honoured the first-year US president more for promise than achievement and drew both praise and skepticism around the world.
The bestowal of one of the world's to