Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Portrait Sells for $103K; Money Going to Nigeria Girls

Her charity will use the money for education in that country

(Newser) - A British artist's portrait of Malala Yousafzai —the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education—sold for $102,500 at auction today at Christie's. Sale proceeds will go to the Malala Fund charity, and the fund said the money would in... More »

First Lady Condemns Kidnapping of Girls

Michelle Obama does weekly address, raises issue of girls' education worldwide

(Newser) - Michelle Obama took over the weekly presidential address to mark Mother's Day weekend, and she devoted her remarks to the kidnapped girls in Nigeria , reports CNN . The first lady said that she and the president are "outraged and heartbroken" over the mass kidnapping by Boko Haram. "This... More »

Hey, Hollywood: You Could Learn From Comics on Islamophobia

New Muslim-American superhero shows what can be done: Muaaz Khan

(Newser) - The world is about to get a new superhero, courtesy of Marvel Comics, who just happens to be a smart Muslim-American teen girl . Well done, writes Muaaz Khan at the Guardian , who hopes the fictional Kamala Khan proves to be just as much of a role model for young Muslims... More »

Crowd Goes Nuts for Malala at Glamour Awards

Lady Gaga urges education activist to always speak her mind

(Newser) - A group of young girls in the audience at last night's Glamour Women of the Year awards ceremony went absolutely nuts—not for an actress or singer, but for a Pakistani education activist. "We love you, Malala!" they shouted as Malala Yousafzai stepped onstage at Carnegie Hall... More »

Malala's Book Banned at Pakistan Schools

Officials: she's a 'tool' of the West

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban and lived to tell the tale—but her peers in Pakistan, at least those who are privately educated, won't be reading it in school. The teen education activist's book, I Am Malala , has been banned in Pakistani private schools, officials say.... More »

Pakistani Taliban's New Boss: Guy Who Targeted Malala

Council appoints Mullah Fazlullah

(Newser) - The Pakistani Taliban needed a new leader after its last chief was killed in a drone strike , and it has chosen the hardline commander who targeted Malala Yousafzai. Mullah Fazlullah's men tried to assassinate the education activist last year, and he will be the "new ameer," a... More »

Everyone Loves Pakistan's Malala ... Except Pakistan

Many in her home country think she's a CIA agent

(Newser) - Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been on a whirlwind book tour of the US, winning hearts and minds with her courageous story of sticking up for women's education in her native Pakistan, then surviving being shot in the head by a Taliban assassin last year. Yesterday, Malala met with President... More »

Nobel Committee Turned to Twitter to Find Winner

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons currently working in Syria

(Newser) - A 16-year-old won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but, no, it wasn't Malala . Instead, the honor goes to the group currently at work trying to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons in Syria—the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, reports the LA ... More »

Malala Wins Top EU Human Rights Award

Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Skyi among previous winners

(Newser) - European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced today that 16-year-old Malala, who has also been mentioned as a possible recipient of tomorrow's Nobel peace prize , won the $65,000 Sakharov... More »

Taliban: We're Still After Malala

Teen education advocate invited to Buckingham Palace

(Newser) - It's been a year since Malala Yousufzai was shot by Pakistani Taliban —and new threats aren't stopping the 16-year-old in her fight for girls' education. Traveling to her native Swat Valley, the BBC offers a new window into Malala's background and life story. The region launched... More »

Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year: Malala

Pakistani girl who survived assassination is honored

(Newser) - The teenage Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban has been honored as Harvard University's humanitarian of the year. Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent for girls' education, accepted the honor yesterday at the university. She spoke nostalgically about her home region, the Swat Valley, and said... More »

Snowden Nominated for Coveted Human Rights Prize

In running for Europe's Sakharov Prize

(Newser) - Past winners of the Sakharov Prize, a human rights prize for freedom of thought, include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi—and soon Edward Snowden could join their ranks. The NSA leaker is one of seven nominees for the prize this year after getting a nod from the Greens... More »

Malala Demands Education in UN Speech

General Assembly celebrates her 16th birthday

(Newser) - What did you do for your sweet 16? Because Malala Yousufzai spent hers addressing the UN, which was celebrating a special "Malala Day" in her honor today, al-Jazeera reports. "Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons," said the Pakistani teen,... More »

Malala's Story Worth $3M: Report

15-year-old's memoir to come out this fall

(Newser) - Malala Yousufzai has done a lot of living in her 15 years, and a publisher agrees. Weidenfeld & Nicolson yesterday announced that it would release the teen's memoir in the UK this fall (Little, Brown will do the same in the US, notes the AP ). The Pakistani... More »

Malala Thanks Supporters: 'I Can See You'

Pakistani teen activist will keep working for education

(Newser) - Malala Yousufzai has released a video expressing her appreciation for prayers directed her way from around the world after she was shot by the Taliban. Following multiple surgeries , "today you can see that I am alive," she says in the clip, via NPR . "I can speak, I... More »

Malala's Last Surgery a Success

London doctors put titanium plate in her head

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai is resting comfortably after London doctors successfully completed her final surgery , attaching a titanium plate to her skull and giving her a cochlear implant. The Pakistani 15-year-old, who was shot point-blank in the head by the Taliban, is in stable condition and talking and her medical team says... More »

Girl Shot by Taliban Having Surgery on Skull

Malala asks to keep a piece as souvenir

(Newser) - The teenage education advocate shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan last year will have what doctors hope is her final surgery in the recovery process. Surgeons will give Malala Yousufzai a titanium patch for her skull, along with a cochlear implant to assist her hearing in one... More »

Months Later, Malala Released From Hospital

Reconstructive surgery needed in coming weeks

(Newser) - Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban, still needs reconstructive surgery on her skull in the coming weeks, but for now her doctors say she is healthy enough to be discharged and spend time with her family, reports Reuters . Malala left Queen Elizabeth Hospital... More »

5 Female Teachers Killed in Pakistan Attack

2 health workers also killed in ambush

(Newser) - Gunmen killed five female teachers and two other people today in an ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community center in northwest Pakistan, officials said. The van was transporting teachers and aid workers from the center in conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Two health workers,... More »

Once Again, Obama and Clinton Are Most Admired

Gallup poll results also include Conn. teachers, US troops

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America for the 16th time since 1993, and President Obama is the most admired man for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new USA Today / Gallup poll. But it wasn't just familiar names for 2012: For the first time,... More »

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