UPDATE: Liu Xiaobo has been named the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Click here for more.
A jailed Chinese dissident, an Afghan women's rights advocate, a Zimbabwean diplomat and even a Congolese gynecologist are rumored to be among this year's top candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to reports.
Though the committee itself is tight-lipped, the international media is rife with speculation about who could be named winner of the 2010 prize on Friday. Most concede that this year's prize will be awarded for a candidate's bona-fide experience, unlike President Barack Obama's controversial 2009 win for "aspirations." Among the names most frequently mentioned are Sima Samar, an Afghan women's rights advocate and Liu Xiabao, a pro-democracy Chinese dissident currently behind bars outside of Beijing.
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