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Malala's father: Arrests 'good news for family'

Malala Yousufzai Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala's father has welcomed the news.

This is good news for our family and most importantly, for the people of Pakistan and the civilised world. This first step of apprehending Malala’s attackers signifies the beginning of real hope for the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been affected by terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Swat and the whole country. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the security forces and police in bringing these men to justice and fighting for the reestablishment of peace. This is the beginning of the real restoration of the writ of the government, where the rule of law and justice prevails for all.

– Ziauddin Yousafzai - Malala's father
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Taliban militants responsible for Malala shooting arrested

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala Yousufzai Credit: PA

Taliban activists claimed responsibility for shooting Malala in 2012 for her advocacy of women's right to education but no one had been arrested until now.

Two other schoolgirls were also injured in the attack.

The Pakistani army's head of press Asim Bajwa told reporters 10 attackers had been identified and arrested.

Malala survived the attack after being airlifted to Britain for treatment and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.


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Boko Haram mocks #BringBackOurGirls in new video

Boko Haram have released a video mocking the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and demanding that the Nigerian government release members of their group imprisoned in Nigeria.

The video comes three months after the abductions, and leader Abubaker Shekau is seen in front on rows of tanks and fighters shouting "Bring back our army".

A Boko Haram spokesperson seen in a video released in May. Credit: Boko Haram.

Malala Yousafzai is currently in Nigeria meeting some of the girls who managed to escape Boko Haram.

Watch: Malala praises efforts of Nigerian campaigners to free girls captured by Boko Haram

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Malala: We must raise our voices for Nigeria girls

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head by the Taliban, praised efforts made by Nigerian campaigners to raise awareness around the abduction of more than 200 girls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Speaking during a visit to the country, Malala said: "We thank you so much for telling the world that this is happening here, not only just knowing but also to tell the world that they stand up with you".

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Malala to meet kidnapped girls who escaped Boko Haram

Malala Yousafzai is in Nigeria to support women's rights. Credit: PA

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school but miraculously survived, is to meet some of the kidnapped girls who escaped from Boko Haram

The 17-year-old, who is now a women's rights campaigner, travelled to Nigeria to help draw attention to their cause.

In a statement ahead of what has been dubbed 'Malala Day,' the schoolgirl said: "This Malala Day, I have come to Nigeria to honour the stories of these brave girls who have sacrificed so much to get an education and achieve their dreams."

More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant Islamist group in April. Despite repeated pleas for their release many are still being held captive.


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Painting of Malala Yousafzai sells 'for just under' £49K

The portrait of Malala that was sold. at auction in New York. Credit: Jonathan Yeo

An oil painting of Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai was sold for just under £49,000 at an auction in New York.

The portrait, by British artist Jonathan Yeo and entitled Girl Reading, was sold at Christie's for a hammer price of 82,000 US dollars.

The 16-year-old plans to donate the proceeds to Nigerian charities focusing on female education and women's rights.

She has been a vocal activist for women's education and joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign calling for Boko Haram to release the kidnapped schoolgirls.

Malala portrait expected to fetch £48k at auction

The portrait of Malala to be sold Credit: Jonathan Yeo

A portrait of a schoolgirl from Birmingham, who survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, is expected to fetch up to £48,000 at auction today.

The portrait of Malala Yousafzai is going under the hammer in New York, with all proceeds going to the Malala Fund, which supports girls' right to education.

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Malala urges action to rescue abducted girls

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and girl's education activist shot by the Taliaban has called for the safe return of more than 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Read: Boko Haram: Who are the radicals terrorising Nigeria?

In an interview with NBC'S Bill Neely, Malala urged the kidnapped girls to "never give up hope" and said what happened to them was "beyond our thinking."

Portrait of Malala to be auctioned for charity

A painting of Malala Yousafzai displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London will be auctioned off next month, with a starting price of almost £36,000.

The painting of Malala will be sold next month Credit: Jonathan Yeo

Auctioneers Christies will put the painting by Jonathan Yeo on the block, with all money raised going to Malala Fund - set up to to support the Birmingham schoolgirl's fight for the right to education.

The painting is expected to fetch between $60,000 (£35,727) and $80,000 (£47,636) at the auction, which will be held on May 14.

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