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Medal of Freedom

Obama surprises Biden with top civilian honor

WASHINGTON: Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden America's highest civilian honor on Thursday, in an emotional surprise ceremony at the White House. Biden was reduced to tears as the president in his last days in office surprised him by announcing he would be awarding the 74-year-old the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In remarks billed as a joint farewell to family, friends and staff before they leave the White House next week, Obama described Biden as "the finest vice-president we have ever seen" and a "lion…