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The pope, the German chancellor and a Congolese doctor were all tipped as top contenders for Friday's Nobel Peace Prize, but speculation was mounting that the honour could go to two octogenarian survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan 70 years ago. As the annual Nobel prize-giving week reached its peak, the five-member committee was set to unveil the winner of the Peace Prize, the only one of six awards to be presented in Oslo and the one which traditionally garners the most attention and speculation. This year, pundits largely agree the prize is likely to be awarded for efforts to resolve the global refugee crisis, which has been particularly acute in Europe, or in recognition of nuclear disarmament efforts seven decades after the first-ever atomic bombings.
By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - The United Nations proposed a national unity government to Libya's warring factions on Thursday to end their conflict, but the deal faces resistance from Tripoli's self-declared rulers and hardliners on the ground. Libya is caught up in a war between the internationally recognized government and its elected parliament, and an unofficial government controlling Tripoli. Four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Western powers are pushing for both sides to accept the U.N. accord, fearing violence has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground and illegal migrant smugglers to take advantage of the chaos.