Fidel Castro wins China peace prize
Fidel Castro has been awarded China's version of the Nobel Peace Prize, reports said yesterday, with a paper close to the ruling Communist Party hailing the former Cuban leader's "important contributions" to world peace.
Castro bested more than 20 nominees including South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a regional group led by Moscow and Beijing, to win this year's "Confucius Peace Prize", the state-run Global Times reported.
The Cuban revolutionary icon was selected by nine judges out of a group of 16 experts and scholars, the paper said.
A Cuban exchange student received this year's award on Castro's behalf at a ceremony on Tuesday, one day before Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi accepted their Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.