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The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the President of Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos has won for his efforts to broker a civil war peace deal.

Colombia Peace Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Source: Fernando Vergara

THE 2016 NOBEL Peace Prize has been won by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The award comes in recognition of his efforts to end the 52 year civil war with Farc rebels in the South American country.

A referendum in Colombia rejected the deal that was negotiated with rebels but both sides have pledged not to return to fighting.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in the civil war since it began.

The award makes Santos the 15th head of state to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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