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Spain's 2012 Prince of Asturias awards handed out; Architect Rafael Moneo honored in the arts category
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, front row 4th left, and his wife Princess Letizia, front row 5th left, pose with the Prince of Asturias award winners in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday Oct. 26, 2012. Front row, left to right; Red Cross and Red Cresent president Tadateru Konoe of Japan, Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto U.S. philosopher Martha C. Nussbaun, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, Spain's Princess Letizia, Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, Sir Gregory Winter of the UK and Richard Alan Lerner of the U.S. Person on right and people standing on top row unidentified. AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano.
MADRID (AP).- The winners of Spain's Prince of Asturias awards have received their prizes from Prince Felipe.

U.S. author Philip Roth won the 2012 literature prize in recognition of his contribution to American literature, but was unable to be present because he is recovering from recent surgery. U.S. Ambassador Alan Solomont read words of thanks on Roth's behalf.

Other recipients Friday included Japan's Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of video game Mario Bros, who claimed the communication and humanities award. British biologist Gregory Winter and American pathologist Richard Lerner were distinguished in science and technology research.

Spain national soccer team players Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez received the sports award, while Spanish architect Rafael Moneo was honored in the arts category.

The awards, created in 1981, are each worth €50,000 ($65,000).

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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