TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Officials say a record 376 nominations have been submitted for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize as the Norwegian jury is set to start selecting this year's winner.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Tuesday that there are 228 individuals and 148 organizations among the contenders for the prestigious prize.
The five-member committee typically receives more than 200 nominations for the prize, including from governments, lawmakers, university professors and previous peace prize laureates. The earlier record, 278 candidates, was set in 2014.
The committee keeps candidates secret for 50 years, but those submitting the nominations sometimes reveal their suggestions to the public.
An Islamic State group rape victim, Pope Francis and the Afghan women's cycling team are among the known candidates for the 2016 prize.