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Liu Xiaobo

A carnival float shows Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo of China as a yellow Statue of Liberty during the traditional Rosemonday carnival parade in Cologne, Germany. The Rosemonday parade in Cologne, visited by one million spectators, is one of the highlights of the street carnival season.

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American actors Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway attend the ceremony for Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo at city hall in Oslo, Norway.

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Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland poses next to the Nobel diploma and Nobel medal placed on the empty chair during the ceremony in Oslo City Hall to honour in absentia this years Nobel Peace Prize winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

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The Nobel diploma awarded in absentia to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. The diploma reads: "The Norwegian Nobel Committee has in accordance with the testament of Alfred Nobel, drawn on November 25th 1895, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010, to Liu Xiaobo." Signed Oslo December 10th 2010 by the Committee members Thorbjoern Jagland, Kaci K. Five, Ellen-Marie Ytterhorn, Sissel Roenbeck and Aagot Valle.

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An empty chair representing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is seen between Nobel committee members during a ceremony honouring Liu at city hall in Oslo, Norway. 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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Actor Richard Gere removes symbolic prison bars from a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo during a rally across from the United Nations, in New York.

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Former North Korean defectors covering their identities stage a rally demanding the release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo near the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The letters read " Stop."

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A Flower is placed near the picture of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong as pro-democracy members demand the release of Xiaobo. Chinese security agents launched a wide-ranging clampdown on dissidents on Friday, hours ahead of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned democracy activist.

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Protesters demand the freedom of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese Embassy in Oslo, Norway.

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A man shows the first Confucius Peace Prize awarded to former Taiwanese Vice President Lien Chan during a news conference to announce the awardee in Beijing, China. A Chinese group awarded its own version of a peace prize Thursday, a move apparently intended to counter the Nobel committee's decision to honor imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo.

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Police officers stand guard in front of the pictures of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese government liaison office in Hong Kong. Protesters rallied in Hong Kong for the release of the jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Security personnel eat their meals as they watch over an entrance to the residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, is being held under house arrest in Beijing. Liu Xia confirmed in a Twitter message that she had been placed under house arrest.

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Pro-democracy protesters hold the picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo with words 'Release Liu Xiaobo' during a demonstration outside the China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong. Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for using non-violence to demand fundamental human rights in his homeland.

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Pro-democracy protesters hold the picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong. Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for using non-violence to demand fundamental human rights in his homeland.

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An undated image of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Liu won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize today for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" - a prize likely to enrage the Chinese government, which warned the Nobel committee not to honour him.