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"Our time will be remembered by how we let an entire continent burst into flames and stood around with watering cans." — Bono

Nobel Prizes to be Announced in October, Bono and IAEA in the Running

The 2005 Nobel prizes will be announced between Oct. 3 and 14, the Nobel Foundation said on Thursday, with Irish U2 rock star Bono or nuclear watchdogs such as IAEA seen as possible winners of the prestigious Peace Prize.

The Peace Prize, the most celebrated of the Nobel honors, will be announced on Oct. 14 in Oslo by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Bono has made headlines this year with his global push to tackle African poverty, while the nuclear issue has been in focus with Iran and North Korea stubbornly pursuing their nuclear programs as the world this year marks the 60th anniversary of thenuking of Hiroshima.

Other potential winners include Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, humanitarian organizations that assisted in the Dec. 26 tsunami crisis, and the Indonesian government and Aceh rebels, who recently signed apeace accord ending almost 30 years of fighting.

Last year's Peace Prize went to Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist to win the award.

The Nobel season will kick off with the announcement in Stockholm of the Prize for Medicine or Physiology on Oct. 3, to be followed by the Physics Prize on Oct. 4, the Chemistry prize on Oct. 5 and the prize for Economics on Oct. 10.

In keeping with tradition, the Swedish Academy will set the date for its announcement of the Literature Prize later. It is traditionally awarded on a Thursday, and could likely be announced on Oct. 6.

Each Nobel Prize this year will carry a prize sum of 10 million Swedish kronor (US$1.31 million dollars), to be shared if the prize is awarded to more than one laureate.

© AFP, 2005.