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Malala tipped to land the Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai is among the favourites. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for championing girls' right to education is widely tipped to receive the world's top peace award later.

Malala Yousafzai is among the favourites to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, with the winner due to be announced by the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway.

The award process is shrouded in secrecy and nominations cannot be published for 50 years, but a global campaign petitioning for Malala to be short-listed attracted more than half a million signatures.

Malala Yousafzai wins top human rights prize

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

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has been awarded a top human rights prize by European Union lawmakers.

The 16-year-old, who came to Britain last year after being shot in the head by the Taliban, was awarded the EU's Sakharov Prize.

Malala is also a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded tomorrow.

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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."

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."

Malala gets a Pride of Britain Award from Beckham

David Beckham presents a Mirror Pride of Britain Teenager of Courage to Malala Yousafzai, Credit: Philip Coburn/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education, has received a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award from David Beckham.

He told the 16-year-old: "You're an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world.

"I'm so privileged and honoured to present this award to you."

Malala said: “It is such an honour to receive this award. It will help me continue my campaign.”

The Pride of Britain awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday

Queen invites Malala Yousafzai to Buckingham Palace

The Queen has invited the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot by the Taliban to visit her in Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has reportedly been impressed by Malala's bravery Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

She was reportedly impressed by Malala Yousufzai's bravery and has taken a keen interest in her recovery at a Birmingham hospital.

She has been invited to a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth, being hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on October 18.

The Queen even phoned Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, to ask about her state of health, the Sunday Times reports.

Malala Yousafzai has reportedly been invited to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Malala's book, which includes her first full account of her attack almost exactly a year ago, is being published on Tuesday. A Palace spokeswoman said:

"We understand that Malala Yousafzai will be attending the Commonwealth Universities and Education Reception at Buckingham Palace."

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Malala named Harvard's humanitarian of the year

Malala Yousafzai pictured with the President of Harvard University Drew Faust Credit: Twitter/Harvard University

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to an education, has been honoured as top US university Harvard's humanitarian of the year.

Malala attended the university to accept her award and spoke about the struggle for girl's education in her home country and her hope to become a politician in the future.

Malala wins top humanitarian award

Malala Yousafzai was shot in head by Taliban gunman near home in Pakistan for campaigning for equal access to education. Credit: PA

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot in the head by the Taliban near her home in Pakistan, will be honoured by Amnesty International in Dublin for her fearless crusade later today.

The 16-year-old, who campaigns for a women's right to an education, will be named Ambassador of Conscience, joining Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.

Malala said she was "truly honoured" by the award and would continue campaigning for equal access to education.

"I am truly honoured to receive this award and would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that there are many millions of children like me across the world who fight every single day for their right to go to school," the teenager said.

Earlier this month Malala opened the £188 million new library in her adopted hometown of Birmingham. She addressed the crowd as "fellow Brummies".

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Portrait of campaigner Malala Yousafzai unveiled

A new portrait of schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai is to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The painting shows the teenager, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education rights in her native Pakistan, doing her homework.

Jonathan Yeo's portrait of Malala Yousafzai. Credit: Jonathan Yeo /PA Wire

The work is part of an exhibition of work by Jonathan Yeo and will be eventually be sold off, with the money going to a fund set up by Malala to campaign for girls' right to education.

She said: "I am honoured that the National Portrait Gallery should wish to hang my picture and touched that Jonathan asked to paint me. I think that he has really captured me in the image.

"Jonathan has been extremely kind in donating the portrait to The Malala Fund and it is wonderful to know that many children will ultimately be able to benefit from the money raised from its sale."

The exhibition opens at the central London gallery on Thursday and runs until January 5.

Malala Yousafzai opens Europe's largest public library

Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has officially opened the new Library of Birmingham.

The Pakistani teenager, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning girl's education in October 2012, said the library would "enlighten the future generations".

Built at a cost of £188 million, it is Europe's largest public library and one million physical books will be available to visitors.

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