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Birmingham's Malala Yousafzai to be awarded Liberty Medal

Birmingham schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is being honoured with the Liberty Medal at a ceremony in America.

Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 17-year-old was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls to be educated.

She is being awarded for her 'continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties'.

She joins Nelson Mandela and Tony Blair as recipients of the Liberty Medal honour. Earlier this month she was given the Nobel Peace Prize.

West Midlands worst for abandoned animals in the UK

More animals are abandoned in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the country.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier at RSPCA Centre Newbrook Farm, Frankley Birmingham Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The RSPCA says nearly 1,500 pets have been dumped so far this year.

The charity claims animals are being thrown out like rubbish, and expect numbers to rise during the winter

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Family of missing man say it is 'completely out of character'

The family of a man from Derbyshire who's been missing for more than a month say his disappearance is completely out of character.

Ricky Hill has been missing for more than one month Credit: Derbyshire Police

30-year-old Ricky Hill, from Somercotes, was last seen leaving the Royal Derby Hospital on September 23rd.

Leaflets are now being handed out to try to find him.

New £6m burns research centre to be officially opened

A new £6m burns research centre will be officially opened at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital by the Countess of Wessex today.

Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex Credit: PA

She will be meeting staff and patients including ex-soldier Karl Hinett, from Dudley, who suffered 37 per cent burns when his tank was petrol bombed in Iraq, and will unveil a plaque for the new centre.

Figures show around 11,000 people are admitted into hospitals across the UK each year with serious burns - half of which are aged under 16.

More than 10 hate crimes against Muslims every day

More than 10 hate crimes against Muslims were committed every day in the first few months of this year, according to police figures.

A Muslim woman doing her shopping wearing the Niqab Credit: PA

West Midlands Police say a total of 306 hate crimes against Muslims were reported between January and July - more than any other religion.

Pavlo Lapshyn admitted to killing Mohammed Saleem and carrying out attacks on mosques Credit: West Midlands Police

It comes as today marks one year since the sentencing of Pavlo Lapshyn, who was jailed for 40 years for the murder of Mohammed Saleem and bombing mosques across the Midlands.

More: Life sentence for racist murder

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FT: West Brom 2 - 2 Manchester United

West Bromwich Albion twice led Manchester United at the Hawthorns, but two second half goals by the visitors meant it a draw with two goals apiece.

The Baggies went ahead early on, thanks to an 8th minute goal by Stephane Sessegnon.

Marouane Fellaini equalised for Utd just minutes after the break, but West Brom reclaimed their lead in the 66th minute, courtesy of Saido Berahino.

But Daley Blind managed to secure a vital late goal for Louis Van Gaal's team, three minutes from time, to earn a draw.

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