>> The team that secured a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers could win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. US Energy Secretary and nuclear physicist Earnest Moniz played a crucial role, directly negotiating technical details with the Iranian Atomic Energy Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. The pair used their shared scientific backgrounds from MIT to reach agreements in spite of the hostility between the Tehran and Washington since Iran Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Under the deal which was finalized on July 14th last year, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy for decades. Another possible winner, Pope Francis, for his efforts on spreading social justice. Other nominees include German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and former US spy agency contractor, Edward Snowden.
This year, a record 376 nominations were submitted for the Peace Prize but the Norwegian Nobel Institute does not make the names public. Last year the award went jointly to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai for their efforts in promoting children's education. The winner of the 955,000 dollar Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 7th.