Nobel Peace Prize to be announced Oct. 8

Sept. 21, 2004 at 7:28 PM
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OSLO, Norway, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Nobel Committee met Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, to select the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but the winner's identity won't be announced until Oct. 8.

Aftenposten reported the five committee members, appointed by Norway's Parliament, met at the Nobel Institute in Oslo to determine the winner of $1.34 million and what many consider the world's top accolade.

The choice was made from a field of 144 individuals and 50 organizations.

There are many top contenders, including Egyptian-born anti-weapons campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency, former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, South African AIDS treatment campaigner Zackie Achmat, and U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar along with former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn for their work to fund destruction of former Soviet nuclear warheads.

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