In a surprise announcement, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, the first time the prestigious award goes to someone primarily seen as a musician.
The Swedish Academy said on Thursday that the 75-year-old rock legend won the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound,” said the Swedish Academy after awarding the prize worth $930,000, adding, “He is probably the greatest living poet.”
Last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was given to Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer who writes in Russian.
Literature was the last of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to seal a landmark peace agreement with FARC rebels.
The 2016 Nobel Medicine Prize went to Japanese scientist, Yoshinori Ohsumi, for his studies on autophagy, the process of recycling cellular components whose failures cause the Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.
The Nobel Prize ceremonies take place in Stockholm where each laureate receives a gold medal, a diploma and a sum of money that has been decided by the Nobel Foundation.
If there are two laureates in a particular field, the award is divided equally between the recipients. If there are three, the awarding committee either divides the grant equally, or awards one-half to one recipient and one-quarter to each of the others.
The award is named after the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, and has been awarded since 1901 for great achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.
The Nobel Prize awarding committee is sometimes criticized by experts for its biased nominations.
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Russia says two of its Buyan-class missile corvettes are heading back to join its forces stationed in the Mediterranean Sea as the conflict in Syria deepens following the US suspension of contact with Moscow over the Syrian crisis.
At least 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters have been killed when the US-led coalition targeted their position near the militant-held northern city of Mosul, media reports say.
A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US-led military aircraft struck a building in the Kharaeb village of the al-Qayyarah region, located approximately 300 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday morning, leaving 20 Iraqi tribal fighters dead and five others injured, Arabic-language Shafaq news agency reported. Continue reading “US-led air raid kills 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters”