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The 2012 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature China's Mo Yan stands for the applause after receiving his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, not pictured, during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The Nobel awards are always awarded on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. The prizes for laureates in medicine, chemistry, physics and literature are awarded in the Swedish capital Stockholm, whilst the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the same day in Oslo, Norway. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize

on Dec. 10 for promoting peace and human rights in Europe following the

devastation of World War II, and the bloc was urged to use that unity in

its battle with the region's economic crisis.