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  1. The Nobel Peace Prize was on Friday awarded to jailed Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski and two human rights NGOs: Russia’s Memorial and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties.
  2. France has created a fund, initially worth €100 million ($98 million), for Ukraine to directly buy weapons and other materiel it needs in its war against invading Russia, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.
  3. Annie Ernaux became the first French woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday, in recognition of the “courage and clinical acuity” with which she has mined her personal experiences as a woman of working-class background to explore life in France since World War II. 
  4. Iranian authorities’ brutal repression of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini has put the parties in the Iran nuclear talks in a delicate position, as they condemn Tehran’s actions while trying to negotiate on a separate issue.
  5. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday celebrated turning 70 with a ceremony attended by Russian officials as US President Joe Biden said that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Russian officials have spoken of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering major setbacks in Putin's Ukraine invasion. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).