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U.S. President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

U.S. President Barack Obama was announced as the winner for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said their decision to award the prize to Obama was because of his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

“I am both surprised and deeply humbled,” Obama said at the White House on Friday.

“I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize,” Obama said. “I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”

The President said he will travel to Oslo, Norway to accept the prize.

There are some critics around the world who do not believe Obama was the right choice because he still oversees wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has launched deadly counter-terror strikes in Pakistan and Somalia, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Obama said he was working to end the war in Iraq and “to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies” in Afghanistan, The AP reported.

Other U.S. presidents who have won the award while in office include President Theodore Roosevelt, who won in 1906, and President Woodrow Wilson, who won in 1919.

To read the full announcement from the Nobel Committee, click here.

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