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Europe briefing: 5 stories to know about today

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Europe briefing: 5 stories to know about today

Europe briefing: 5 stories to know about today
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1) Nobel Peace Prize winners announced

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to campaigners working to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist helping victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State group, were named the winners. Mukwege had been tipped for the award for the last five years.

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2) The West accuses Russia of global hacking campaign

The Netherlands, the UK, the US, and Canada have accused Russia of involvement in a series of cyber-plots around the world.

They allege a global hacking campaign by Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, which targeted institutions from sports anti-doping bodies to a nuclear power company and the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

Russia has denied what its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman called a "diabolical perfume cocktail" of allegations dreamt up by someone with a "rich imagination".

3) An 8-year-old girl pulls a pre-Viking era sword from Swedish lake

While on a holiday in Sweden, an 8-year-old girl pulled out a pre-Viking-era sword that archaeologists believe to be 1,500 years old. According to the Sweden's Jönköpings Läns Museum it is about 33 inches long and believed to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD. The young girl, Saga Vanecek, found the sword in Lake Vidöstern earlier this summer. And after comparison's with the legend of Britain's King Arthur, she has been humourously dubbed 'Queen of Sweden'.

4) Jean-Claude Juncker hopeful for Brexit deal in November

The European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he is fully focused on making Brexit negotiations a success and hoped for a deal in November. He was speaking to the Austrian parliament. Juncker's comments came after Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that Brexit talks were entering "a critical and ultimate phase" of negotiations and he also hoped a deal would be reached in November.

5) Bosnia prepares for election

Bosnia and Herzegovina will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday despite reports of irregularities including fraudulent voter lists during campaigning.

The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said on Thursday the run-up to the election has seen an unprecedented spate of campaigning violations, abuse of public funds and hate speech.

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This is how we covered key developments this morning.