China refuses to release Nobel Prize winner

Washington Post/AP: China has refused to release Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo on the eve of the awards ceremony in Oslo. Liu is serving an 11-year sentence for writing and circulating a “subversive” petition. Eighteen other countries will boycott the ceremony, after China warned the international community not to attend, or there would be “consequences.” Meanwhile, China has created an alternate Nobel known as the Confucius Peace Prize, claiming the Oslo committee had supported “a criminal while 1.3 billion ‘dissents’ that are dissatisfied with the Nobel committee.” Read more.