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Malala: Mandela 'belongs to the whole world'

Education activist Malala Yousafzai paid tribute to the life Nelson Mandela:

Nelson Mandela is physically separated from us but his soul and spirit will never die.

He belongs to the whole world because he is an icon of equality, freedom and love, the values we need all the time everywhere. His long, long struggle is a great demonstration of humanity.

I have learned so much from Nelson Mandela and he has been my leader. He is a perpetual inspiration for me and millions of others around the world.

Malala and Gordon Brown launch Syria appeal

Schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai and former prime minister Gordon Brown have helped launched a campaign to find 300,000 school places for Syrian children forced to flee to Lebanon.

The two have joined with education charity A World at School to support a $500 million (£320 million), three-year plan to provide emergency education and food for displaced children in Lebanese schools.

Malala Yousafzai spoke to twin Syrian girls in Lebanon via Skype to offer them hope.
Malala Yousafzai spoke to twin Syrian girls in Lebanon via Skype to offer them hope. Credit: A World at School/Ken Bhogal

Malala and Mr Brown, a UN Special Envoy, launched a worldwide petition to persuade leaders to back the plan.

Malala also spoke via Skype to Zahra and Om Kolthoum Katou, twin Syrian girls who crossed the border to Lebanon, in a bid to offer them hope and support.

Read: Number of refugees fleeing Syria tops two million, UN says

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Brown: 'Nobody will believe a word the Taliban says'

Gordon Brown said "nobody will believe a word the Taliban says" about the right of girls like Malala Yousafzai to have an education "until they stop burning down schools and stop massacring pupils."

Following the Taliban commander's letter to Malala in which he accuses her of creating a smear campaign, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education said the Taliban are "on the defensive".

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.
UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. Credit: Reuters

Mr Brown said: "The Taliban are on the defensive because four million people, two million of them in Pakistan, have now signed petitions calling for every girl to have their education in safety.

"I will visit Pakistan in the next few weeks as we build on Malala Day. During my visit I will step up the pressure for action to ensure that the three to four million Pakistani girls now denied education have a chance to go to school by the end of 2015."

Taliban: Malala was attacked due to 'her propaganda'

It is amazing that you are shouting for education, you and the UN is pretending that as you were shot due to education, although this is not the reason, be honest, not the education but your propaganda was the issue and what you are doing now, you are using your tongue on the behest of the others and you must know that if the pen is mightier than the sword then tongue is sharper and the injury of sword can be hailed but the injury of the tongue never hails and in the wars tongue is more destructive than any weapon.

– Adnan Rasheed, Taliban commander

Taliban attacked Malala 'because of provocative writing'

A senior Taliban commander in Pakistan wrote a letter to Malala Yousafzai saying that the reason she was attacked was because her "provocative writings" and not because of her campaign for education.

In the letter Adnan Rasheed said:

When you were attacked it was shocking for me I wished it would never happened and I had advised you before.

Taliban attacked you, was it Islamically correct or wrong, or you were deserved to be killed or not, I will not go in this argument now, let’s we leave it to Allah All mighty, He is the best judge.

Here I want to advise you as I am already late, I wish I would have advised you in my prison time and this accident would never happened.

First of all please mind that Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl.

Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in swat and your writings were provocative.

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Taliban commander sends letter to Malala

A senior Taliban commander in Pakistan has written a letter to Malala Yousafzai and said that the attack which saw her shot in the head was not due to her education campaigning but due to the "smear campaign" she ran against the Taliban.

Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday.
Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

Read more: Malala urges UN to campaign for free education for all

In the letter, Adnan Rasheed said that had he not been in hiding after escaping from prison at the time of the attack he would have tried to stop it from happening.

Malala back at school for first time since attack

Malala Yousafzai has returned to school for the first time since she was attacked by the Taliban in October last year.

Malala Yousafzai with rucksack.
Malala Yousafzai attended Edgbaston High School for Girls today. Credit: Handout

She went to Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham where she will now study before choosing which subjects she wants to take at GCSE level.

Malala Yousafzai walks to school for the first time since she was attacked by the Taliban in October.
Malala Yousafzai walks to school for the first time since she was attacked by the Taliban in October. Credit: Handout

The 15 year old said, “I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity".

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham”, she added.

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Malala Yousafzai up for Nobel Peace Prize

Credit: QE Hospital

It's being reported by NBC that Malala Yousafzai – the young girl shot in the face by the Taliban – has been formally nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, who was treated for her injuries at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, was shot on her way home from school for her efforts in promoting girls' education in Pakistan.

Her name was put forward by three members of the Norwegian parliament on Friday.

If awarded, Malala will be the youngest recipient and one of only 15 females to be awarded the prize.

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