Civil Liberties

Russian Dissidents and Religious Leaders Among Nobel Peace Prize Favorites

Don't forget, Obama set the bar high for this one


(Reuters)—Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation are among the favorites to win the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize when the result is announced on Friday.

The year has brought few notable peace breakthroughs, leaving an unusually large selection of names in circulation and perhaps increasing the chance of a surprise winner.