Cambridge University professor Caucher Birkar (right) receives the Fields medal at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wednesday. The award was stolen minutes later. Photo: EPA-EFE

Moments after winning prestigious Fields maths award in Rio, Kurdish refugee sees medal stolen

It was an embarrassing debut for crime-ridden Rio, the first Latin American city ever to host the Fields ceremony, which takes place every four years

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Cambridge University professor Caucher Birkar (right) receives the Fields medal at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wednesday. The award was stolen minutes later. Photo: EPA-EFE
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