Iraq Boycotts Nobel Prize Ceremony

Iraq is among the countries reportedly boycotting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.

A Nobel official said that China has been putting unprecedented pressure on a number of countries to stay away from the prize-giving ceremony.

This year's prize has been won by Liu Xiaobo, who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion after co-authoring an appeal calling for reforms to China's one-party political system.

Chinese companies have extensive interests in Iraq, including the Halfaya oilfield.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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