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Charles and Camilla caught up in student riots

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Friday, 10th December 2010: The International Herald Tribune and China Daily have diametrically opposed angles on Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize this morning. We look at their contrasting front pages. Also, Prince Charles and Camilla get caught up in student protests in London. The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph lead with the story. Finally, it's the 50th anniversary of the British soap, Coronation Street.

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A poster of Liu Xiaobo on the streets of Oslo makes the front page of the International Herald Tribune this morning on the day the Chinese dissident is to be awarded – in absentia – the Nobel Peace Prize. Media across the Western world are critical of China’s refusal to allow Xiaobo to attend the ceremony. The tone couldn’t be more different on the front page of the state-run China Daily. The main headline reads: “‘Most nations’ oppose peace prize to Liu” and goes on to note that the award “cannot change the fact he is a criminal.” Theses are the words of a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry who insists “more than 100 nations and international organizations have expressed their support for China’s stance.”
 
On the front page of this morning’s The Guardian, a photo of Britain’s Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall caught up in yesterday’s protests in London. The photo shows a concerned Duchess with her mouth wide open, looking at the unrest all around her chauffeur-driven car. Witnesses questioned the decision of the driver of the Prince’s car to pass through crowds of angry protestors. One said, “There were 400-500 protestors there. It was fairly obvious who was in the car. It was well lit up!”
 
The Wall Street Journal also leads on the protest with a security hut that students set on fire near London’s Parliament Square. The Independent for its part asks on its front page, “Victory –but at what price?” This refers to the passing of legislation that triples the cap on student fees to £9,000, a move that has placed a huge degree of strain on the ruling coalition. The Liberal Democrats had promised to try to abolish student fees during their electoral campaign and the party is severely divided as a result.
 
The Sun as well as papers around the world such as France’s Libération are covering the 50th anniversary of the British institution that is Coronation Street. The popular soap has tracked the development of British society for half a century. In 1981, over 24 million people tuned in to watch the wedding of Ken and Deirdre Barlow: that was more people than watched the real-life wedding of Prince Charles and Diana two days later!
 

By James CREEDON

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