Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

Reuters

OSLO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The Organisation for theProhibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing thedestruction's of Syria's arsenal, won the Nobel Peace Prize onFriday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

Experts from the Hague-based global chemical weaponswatchdog, supported by the United Nations, are working todestroy Syria's massive chemical weapons stockpile after a saringas strike in the suburbs of Damascus killed more than 1,400people in August.

The $1.25 million prize will be presented in Oslo on Dec.10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist AlfredNobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.

Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, which has a strong trackrecord leaking the names of winners, reported the OPCW's victorymore than an hour before the official announcement.

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