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Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo dies

BEIJING: Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was being treated for late-stage liver cancer, died on Thursday of multiple organ failure, the government said, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment as he wished. Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms. He was recently moved from jail to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang to be treated. The…

China rejects US criticism over Nobel laureate’s treatment

BEIJING: China on Tuesday rejected criticism over its treatment of cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo after the United States urged Beijing to give the paroled activist freedom to move and to choose his own doctors. The US embassy in Beijing joined a growing chorus of Chinese and foreign human rights lawyers and activists demanding the unconditional release of the democracy campaigner amid dismay at his condition. With three years left to serve in his 11-year sentence, the 61-year-old was granted medical parole…