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Mariah Carey, Bill Clinton share limelight at German awards

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Munich, Germany (dpa) - Pop singer Mariah Carey and former U.S. President Bill Clinton shared the limelight Thursday at a gala prize ceremony hosted by millionaire German magazine publisher Hubert Burda.

Clinton received a prize for his charity work, encouraging drug companies to provide cheap drugs to counter AIDS in the world's poorest nations, while Carey was honoured for services to music.

All 15 prizewinners received "Bambis", gold-plated statuettes of a deer. The annual awards, offered for the 57th year, are funded by Burda. A team of editors from his publishing business, Hubert Burda Media, choose the winners.

Other celebrities invited to Munich to receive the acclaim of Burda and 1,000 guests ranged from German football official and former cap Franz Beckenbauer honoured for promoting next year's World Cup in Germany, to German physicist Theodor Haensch.

Haensch, who heads the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, is also set to receive the Nobel Physics Prize together with two U.S. physicists this month.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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