US President Barack Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Yes, he can. Among a record 205 nominations, US President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9 "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," reports NYTimes.com.

The five-member Nobel committee highlighted Obama's diplomatic efforts and nuclear disarmament advocacy.

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," said the Norwegian committee, according to BBC News.

"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

With the award comes a gold medal, a diploma and 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.4 million).

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