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Malala hopes to be Prime Minister of Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai has expressed her desire to become her country's prime minister.

16-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai said she had previously wanted to be a doctor, but has changed her mind. Credit: Press Association

The 16-year-old Pakistani girl made her comments in an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Asked if she wanted to be a doctor or a politician, she said she had initially wanted to be a doctor, but had learned she could help people more as prime minister. She said:

"I can spend much of the budget on education."

Malala Yousafzai in line for Nobel Peace Prize

The Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban for her campaigning work is in line for another major honour.

Malala Yousafzai is the favourite to walk away with the Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced today.

Malala Yousafzai is the favourite to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai is the favourite to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Credit: Niall Carson/PA

If she wins, she will join the likes of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, and the European Union itself, who have all won the coveted prize in the past.

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Malala Yousafzai's memoirs to be published today

Malala will today release her memoirs
Malala will today release her memoirs Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The memoirs of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for women's education rights, will be published today.

Malala was treated at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Birmingham and has since become a world symbol for peaceful protest.

Read: David Beckham 'privileged' to present Malala with Pride of Britain award

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Beckham 'so privileged' to present award to Malala

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban last year, has been presented with a Pride of Britain award by David Beckham.

Handing Malala, the Teenager of Courage Award in London, the football icon said: “You’re an amazing young lady..I’m privileged to present this award to you.”

Malala was nominated by members of the public for her courage in campaigning for access to education for girls.

As she received the award, the 16-year-old said: "It is an honour for me that I am receiving this award from your hands."

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Malala Yousafzai on settling in Birmingham

Malala Yousafzai opened the new Library of Birmingham last month
Malala Yousafzai opened the new Library of Birmingham last month Credit: PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai has spoken of her experience of settling into her new life in Birmingham.

"I was feeling a little bit embarrassed and worried... the school was quite different compared to school in Pakistan," she said.

She said she was particularly surprised at the level of freedom afforded to women.

"It was difficult to adjust to this new culture and society, especially for my mother, because we have never seen that women would be that much free, that they would go to any market, they will be going alone.

"In our country, if you want to go outside, you must go with a man.

"If even your five-year-old brother goes with you it's fine, but you must have someone else, a girl cannot go outside all alone."

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Malala: Nobel prize 'would be a great opportunity'

A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to have access to education has been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"I have Malala Yousafzai on top," Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of Oslo-based peace research institute PRIO, told reporters ahead of the annual awards that start today.

Speaking to the BBC's Panorama programme, the 16-year-old said of the prospect:

"If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child."

Malala believes British girls take education for granted

Malala Yousafzai now lives and attends school in Birmingham
Malala Yousafzai now lives and attends school in Birmingham Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban believes British girls take their education for granted.

Malala Yousafzai, who now lives in Birmingham, was campaigning for female education in Pakistan before being shot.

She told the BBC: "Yes I believe that [girls take education for granted], and I want to tell the students of UK to think that it is very precious, it's very prestigious, go to school."

"Reading a book, having a pen in our hands, studying, sitting in a classroom is something very special for us."

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Taliban 'may be regretting that they shot Malala'

Malala Yousafzai was shot by a gunman who boarded her school bus on October 9 2012 Credit: BBC/PA Wire

This week, marks a year since Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to be educated.

Now, the 16-year-old - who spent weeks in intensive care - has become a global icon as she continues her fight for access to education.

She told BBC Panorama's Malala: Shot for Going to School programme, "I want to do something for education, that's my only desire."

Despite her high-profile, she insists: "I am still the old Malala. I still try to live normally but yes, my life has changed a lot".

When asked her thoughts of the militants who targeted her, she said: "I think they may be regretting that they shot Malala. Now she is heard in every corner of the world."

Read: Malala gets a Pride of Britain Award from Beckham

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