Apr 18, 2016

Nobel laureates to visit North Korea for diplomacy

A trio of Nobel laureates will take part in a humanitarian visit to North Korea later this month, even as suspicions grow that Pyongyang is preparing to carry out a fifth nuclear test. The Vienna-based International Peace Foundation, which is organizing the trip, said ...

Oct 30, 2015

Two Nobel scientists to receive Order of Culture award

The government on Friday said Nobel laureates Satoshi Omura and Takaaki Kajita are among the seven individuals this year who will receive the Order of Culture, Japan’s top award for contributions to culture. Omura, 80, was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or ...

Top U.S. astronomer quits over sexual harassment scandal

Oct 15, 2015

Top U.S. astronomer quits over sexual harassment scandal

A renowned U.S. astronomer accused of repeated sexual harassment has resigned from his post at a California university that had been criticized for treating him too leniently. In a statement issued Wednesday, the University of California, Berkeley confirmed that professor Geoff Marcy had quit, ...

Nobel economist Deaton pushes health over aid for poor nations

Oct 13, 2015

Nobel economist Deaton pushes health over aid for poor nations

New Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton is an optimist about economic progress but his theory that poor countries’ development could be accelerated by cutting international aid has triggered controversy. In his 2013 book “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality,” Deaton, ...

Princeton economist Deaton wins Nobel for work on poverty

Oct 13, 2015

Princeton economist Deaton wins Nobel for work on poverty

Angus Deaton has dug into obscure data to explore a range of problems: The scope of poverty in India. How poor countries treat young girls. The link between income inequality and economic growth. The Princeton University economist’s research has raised doubts about sweeping solutions ...

Merkel risks all over refugees

Oct 11, 2015

Merkel risks all over refugees

There is a word for the relief many across Germany must have felt as Chancellor Angela Merkel missed out on a Nobel Prize for her stance on refugees: Schadenfreude. The bookmakers’ favorite to pick up the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Merkel lost out ...

Nobel Peace Prize seen as boost for Tunisia's struggling democracy

Oct 10, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize seen as boost for Tunisia's struggling democracy

It was the fall of 2013 and Tunisia’s newfound democracy was in grave danger. The assassination of a left-wing politician had prompted the opposition to walk out of the constitutional assembly. The government was paralyzed, the constitution unfinished and the country on the brink ...

Oct 10, 2015

Hibakusha group disheartened after missing Nobel Peace Prize

The leaders of a group of survivors from the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki expressed disappointment Friday after being overlooked for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. “It is very regrettable,” Terumi Tanaka, 83, secretary-general of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb ...

Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 9, 2015

Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize

A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy” ...