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Obama lands in Norway to accept peace prize

world Updated: Dec 10, 2009 13:31 IST

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US President Barack Obama landed in Norway on Thursday to accept his Nobel Peace Prize, amid controversy over his role as a "war president" and widespread doubts about whether he deserves the honor.

Obama touched down after an overnight flight from Washington on Air Force One, ahead of a day of ceremonies marking the surprise decision by the Nobel committee to honor the first-year president.

Norway was rolling out its biggest ever security operation to protect Obama, who aides said would address the apparent paradox in being honored as a man of peace days after ordering 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.