Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

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The 2012 Nobel Prize Laureate for Physiology or Medicine Dr John B. Gurdon, left, of Great Britain receives his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden 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/Henrik Montgomery, Pool)

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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.

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