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Oprah honoured with Freedom Medal

President Barack Obama has bestowed America's highest civilian honour on Oprah Winfrey.

The US chat show host and star of new film The Butler was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House.

Obama also presented a medal to former US President Bill Clinton, and leaders from the worlds of sports, entertainment, science and public service.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and director Steven Spielberg were among those gathered in the East Room of the White House to watch the ceremony.

"Today, we salute fierce competitors who became true champions," Obama said, pausing to speak in personal terms about each of the recipients and their contributions to society.

President John F Kennedy created the medal in an executive order signed 50 years ago.

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