Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club on February 2, 2016 in Milford, Iowa. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Report: Donald Trump, Pope Francis among 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominees

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is among the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, CBS News reports.

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Trump reportedly joins several other nominees, including Pope Francis, Edward Snowden, a women’s cycling team from Afghanistan and Nadia Murad, an activist supporting rape victims of ISIS.

Kristian Berg Harpviken of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway, said Snowden, who leaked U.S. confidential documents and faces charges of espionage, has the best chance of winning the prize, according to Reuters.

Harpviken also told Reuters the person who nominated Trump cited the billionaire businessman’s “vigorous peace through strength ideology.” He did not give the name of Trump’s nominator, but said the person is from the U.S.

The reported nominations have been unconfirmed by the Nobel Committee, which states

"The Committee does not itself announce the names of nominees, neither to the media nor to the candidates themselves. In so far as certain names crop up in the advance speculations as to who will be awarded any given year's Prize, this is either sheer guesswork or information put out by the person or persons behind the nomination. Information in the Nobel Committee's nomination database is not made public until after fifty years."

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