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Nobel prize win for Tunisian group recognises nation as a beacon of hope in Arab world

Mary Fitzgerald

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

A Tunisian woman celebrates during the Jasmine Revolution of 2011
A Tunisian woman celebrates during the Jasmine Revolution of 2011
Wided Bouchamaoui, a member of the Nobel-prize-winning Tunisian group

Rising above Oslo's picturesque waterfront, the red brick twin towers of its City Hall are one of the Norwegian capital's best-known landmarks. Not simply an administrative building, the City Hall is also where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year.

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Inside its main chamber, amid colourful murals depicting the Norwegian resistance against Nazi occupation, the prize named after Alfred Nobel - the man who invented dynamite - has been bestowed on a host of dissidents, activists, politicians and institutions.

A nearby museum documents the Nobel Peace Prize winners since the prize was first awarded in 1901, among them five from the island of Ireland.

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