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Chatter: The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize (yes really)

We're serious - the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, Biden and Ryan brought it to the VP debate, and the world remembers the Bali bombings.
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We're serious - the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, Biden and Ryan brought it to the VP debate, and the world remembers the Bali bombings.

EU wins Nobel Peace Prize for 'advancing peace in Europe'

The award comes as the EU is mired in a massive financial crisis.

China gives Norway the cold shoulder

HONG KONG — Just because Norway is small and peace-loving doesn’t mean it can’t get into an icy confrontation with a country 273 times its size.

Business Insider: China v. Norway, what's the spat about?

Back in 2002, Kjell Magne Bondevik, then prime minister of Norway, was greeted warmly in Beijing. Now he can't even get a visa to attend the World Council of Churches in Nanjing this week, with no explanation given at all. What gives?

Bill Clinton among 231 Nobel Peace Prize nominees submitted

A total of 188 individuals and 43 organizations, including the European Union, were nominated this year, coming close to beating last year’s record number of 241 nominations.  

Nobel Peace Prize winner calls for Britain and the West to get tough on Yemen's president

Tawakkul Karman, the youngest ever Nobel Peace laureate urges west to apply its calls for human rights to every Arab country in revolt
Tawakkul Karman at the Nobel Peace Prize concert last weekend. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tawwakul Karman demands WEst freeze assets of Ali Abdullah Saleh just as they froze assets of Hosni Mubarak and Bashar al Assad

China: Putin's "Nobel" prize

Chinese alternate to the peace prize given out.
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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Dec. 7, 2011. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

A Chinese group on Friday gave out its alternate to the Nobel Peace Prize, with two Russian exchange students standing in for Vladimir Putin, the AP reports.

The Confucius Prize first appeared last year, as a homegrown alternate to the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee infuriated official China when it awarded the peace prize to writer and free speech advocate Liu Xiaobo.

More from GlobalPost: Putin accuses Clinton of inciting protests

Liu, who is serving an extended prison sentence related to his activism, became the first Chinese citizen in China to win a Nobel, a fact not lost on a country that's known to be somewhat obsessed by the fact its citizens don't typically win the prize. Neither Liu nor his family were allowed to attend the prize ceremony in Oslo and he remains in prison

The Confucius Prize, which was mocked last year when it was given to a top Taiwanese politician, was initially shelved this year before being resurrected. The award to Putin on Friday coincided with a campaign by five former Nobel Peace Prize winners to pressure China to release Liu from prison.


Profile: Tawakkul Karman first Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize

Tawakul Karman, 32, is one of three women's rights activists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. She is the first Arab woman to receive the prize.
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