Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban and then brought to Birmingham to recover, is celebrating her 16th birthday today.
This afternoon, she made a speech at the United Nations in New York, and handed in a 300,000 signature petition, demanding access to education for girls across the world.
Chris Halpin reports.
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He demanded the money after placing a carrier bag containing what appeared to be a heavy object on the counter.
Closures will be in place on the Aston Expressway, Park Circus and Salford Circus. There will be some full weekend closures and diversions.
West Midlands Police have said specially trained police negotiators are speaking with the woman to try and talk her down to safety.