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Yousafzai, Russian Activists Seen as Top Nobel Peace Contenders

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who took on the Taliban, and Russian human rights activists are seen as top contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the International Peace Research Institute said.

Sister Mary Tarcisia Lakot is also a potential winner for her work promoting peace in Uganda, Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Oslo-based institute that ranks potential winners each year, said in a statement. Russians that may win include the “formidable, female, three-generation trio” of Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Svetlana Gannushkina and Lilya Shibanova, he said.