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2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Last updated on Saturday, October 12, 2013

(OSLO, Norway) - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

The chemical watchdog organization has been working with Syrian leaders to destroy the country's weapons arsenal in response to an August chemical weapons attack outside Damascus.

The organization was founded in 1997 to work towards eliminating chemicals weapons worldwide.

A record 259 candidates, including 50 organizations, were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, including Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October for advocating education for girls.

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