Nobel Prizes

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called on China Friday to quickly release imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, lauding the dissident as an "eloquent and courageous" supporter of human rights and democracy.

The 2010 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine: ENGINEERING: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron for developing a method to collect whale snot using a remote control helicopter.

BEIJING - China has warned the Nobel committee against awarding its coveted peace prize to a jailed Chinese dissident, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute said Tuesday A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman denied that China has exerted pressure but said that choosing dissident Liu Xiaobo would go against the prize's aims.
Obama hosting Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel for lunch
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is inviting fellow Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel back to the White House.

These many years later, the riveting mental image remains: A lone man stands motionless in a street near Beijing's Tiananmen Square, his thin frame blocking a menacing column of army tanks.
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