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Chinese dissident awarded Nobel in absentia

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia in an Oslo ceremony derided by Beijing as a farce. Liu, a democracy activist, is serving an 11-year prison sentence in China on subversion charges brought after he co-authored a bold call for sweeping changes to Beijing's one-party communist political system.



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The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, Thorbjoern Jagland, looks down at the Nobel certificate and medal on the empty chair where this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner -- jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo -- would have sat. A portrait of Liu is seen in the background during the ceremony at Oslo City Hall on Dec. 10.

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