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Protesters Blast Awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to European Union

In Oslo, Norway, protesters carrying lit torches flooded the city streets Sunday night to condemn today’s awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union. They criticized the European Union for demanding harsh austerity cuts in Greece and condemned its member states for exporting a major share of the world’s weapons. The European Union is receiving the award for its historic role in uniting the continent. But the selection has been controversial with critics saying European arms sales and use of military force — including support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — are in direct violation of Alfred Nobel’s will.

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