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china cremates body of jailed nobel laureate liu xiaobo

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china cremates body of jailed nobel laureate liu xiaobo

shenyang, china — china cremated the body of imprisoned nobel peace prize laureate liu xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished.the government of the city of shenyang in northeastern china, where liu had been treated for advanced liver cancer, said in a briefing that the cremation took place early saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family, including his wife.liu died thursday from multiple organ failure that followed a battle with liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subvert state power. he was 61.the briefing, at which officials also provided images of the funeral, was the latest in a chinese government propaganda campaign seemingly aimed at countering criticism that beijing has failed to act in a humanitarian way.the wife and other family members of china's best-known political prisoner have been closely guarded by authorities and remain largely out of contact with the outside world even after liu's death. governments around the world have urged china to free liu xia from the strict house arrest she has lived under for years even though she has not been convicted of any crime.the handout images showed liu's wife, who wore dark sunglasses, being comforted by her brother in a funeral parlor as they stood in a row with liu's older and younger siblings and their wives. liu's body lay in an open casket in the center of the room,...