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Three women receive Nobel Peace Prize in Norway

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Nobel Peace Prize winners from left, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, human rights activist Tawakul Karman from Yemen and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , raise their arms as they watch a torchlight procession from the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 10.

From msnbc.com news services:

Presenting the prize in Oslo to three women who include a Yemeni activist whose Arab spring protests helped undermine her country's veteran leader, Thorbjoern Jagland, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said: "No dictator can in the long run find shelter from this wind of history."

"It was this wind which led people to crawl up onto the Berlin Wall and tear it down. It is the wind that is now blowing in the Arab world," he said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to China on Saturday urged Beijing to improve its human rights record, pointing to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo as an example where China falls short.

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The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , right, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, left, and Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman, center, pose on Dec. 10, with their medals and certificates during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway.

NBC's Andrea Mitchell has more on the laureates.