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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. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

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.

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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 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. 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.

Malala set for UK stay after father given consular role

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl who is being treated in a UK hospital after she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan, is set to stay in Britain after her father was given a job by the Pakistan consulate in Birmingham.

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. Credit: REUTERS/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Ziauddin Yousufzai has been given a role in education for at least three years.

Malala asks Pakistan not to name school after her

A student tears up a picture of Malala Yousufzai at the school named in her honour in her home town of Mingora Credit: Reuters

15-year-old Malala Yousafzai has asked authorities in Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a school in her honour, in order to avert attacks on students, officials said.

Malala made the request after students broke into the school, tore down Malala's picture and boycotted classes in her home town of Mingora.

A government official said Malala called him from hospital in the UK, where she is recovering after being shot by the Taliban for promoting education across Pakistan.

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Pakistan President to visit Malala in Birmingham hospital

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zadari is due to visit Malala Yousafzai in hospital in Birmingham.

Malala has been in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 15th October after she was shot by the Taliban earlier that month.

Malala Yousafzai reads a card as she recuperates at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in October Credit: Reuters

The 14-year-old made a name for herself by speaking out against the Taliban and advocating education for women. She wrote a blog for the BBC's Urdu Service about her experience living in the Swat Valley.

She is was shot in the head and neck after a Taliban militant boarded the school bus she was travelling on in the capital of the Swat Valley region Mingora. Doctors say her injuries are not life-threatening.

Birmingham vigil for Malala Yousafzai

Women take part in the Vigil in Birmingham Credit: ITV News

A vigil for the Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai is being held outside Birmingham Council.

More than 600 people from around the world have posted messages of support for the 14-year-old on support page set up by Birmingham Hospital.

For more on this story go to ITV Central.

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