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Chinese dissident given Rights Award

  • October 25, 2012 - 6:30 PM

A blind Chinese lawyer and activist whose escape from house arrest to the U.S. embassy in Beijing sparked a diplomatic crisis has been honored by a human rights group in New York. Human Rights First gave its 2012 Human Rights Award to Chen Guangcheng at its annual gala on Wednesday. Actor Christian Bale, who had tried to meet the activist in China in December but was turned away by officials, presented the award. Chen's escape earlier this year to the U.S. embassy set off a spat between the United States and China before he was allowed to leave the country with his family. Chen had endured 7 years of prison and house arrest after documenting forced abortions and other abuses by local authorities. He's now studying law at New York University.

Sweden's Princess Madeleine engaged

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