Malala reunited with friend

Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan, has been reunited with her lifelong friend who was injured in the same attack.

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Malala Day to call for education for all girls and women

A global day to call for the education of all girls and women is to be held in honour of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, it has been announced.

Malala leaves the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in January. Credit: REUTERS/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/Handout

Her father Ziauddin and former prime minister Gordon Brown outlined plans for Malala Day as they appeared at the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre on International Women's Day.

Mr Brown said the issue of universal education for girls was in desperate need of a "liberation movement and a freedom fight for change".

Malala Day will be held on the girl's 16th birthday, July 12, and will be celebrated with a youth assembly at the United Nations in New York.It is hoped that young people from around the world will mark the day, aimed at providing education for the 32 million girls who do not currently have access.

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Malala: 'My mission remains the same, to help people'

Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by the Taliban last October, said her mission remains the same, "to help people".

Speaking from her hospital bed after a five-hour operation at the weekend, Malala said, "I'm feeling alright and I'm happy that both the operations are successful".

"I can walk a little bit, I can talk and I am feeling better, and it doesn't seem that I had a very big operation", she told Critical Care consultant Dr Mav Manji at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Malala is 'stable' after five-hour operations

A hospital spokeswoman said Malala's medical team were "very pleased" with her progress following the operations, which lasted for around five hours.

Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital.

Her condition is described as stable and her medical team are very pleased with the progress she has made so far.

She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family.

– Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham spokesperson
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