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  1. Chemical Weapons Inspectors Win Nobel Peace Prize

    For the second straight year, the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to an organization. After giving last year’s award to the European Union, the committee handed this year’s prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body recently tasked by the U.N. with destroying Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons. As with the controversial selection of Barack Obama in 2009, the Nobel Committee appears to want to throw the prize’s weight, and the $1.25 million award, behind a good cause rather than a prior good deed. Having entered Syria on Oct. 1, OPCW’s team has just begun its work there. Given the difficult and life-threatening job ahead, the group should have no difficulty justifying the award if it can complete the task.

    Sources: NYT, CNN


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