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Nobel Literature Prize Will Not Be Awarded This Year

People gather outside the Old Stock Exchange building while the Swedish Academy held its weekly meeting in Stockholm on April 19.

People gather outside the Old Stock Exchange building while the Swedish Academy held its weekly meeting in Stockholm on April 19.

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Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) -- Following weeks of internal bickering, sex-abuse allegations and a financial investigation by police, the body that hands out the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature announced Friday that no prize will be awarded this year.

Instead, the academy said two Nobel Prizes in Literature will be handed out next year, the 2018 prize and the 2019 prize. The decision was made Thursday at a weekly meeting of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on the grounds that the group was in too deep a crisis to choose a Nobel winner properly.