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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.

Find out more about the new library on the ITV News Central website


Malala arrives to open new Library of Birmingham

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to an education, has arrived to officially open the new Library of Birmingham.

The 16-year-old was treated for her injuries in Birmingham and her family has since settled in the city.

Malala Yousafzai says she is "honoured" to be opening the library in her adopted home town.

Read: Malala reunited with friend injured in same Taliban attack

Malala waves to well-wishers outside the library

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Teenage girl shot in the head by Taliban to open library

Malala Yousafzai was attacked by Taliban gunman on a bus near home in Pakistan last October. Credit: PA

Europe's largest public library will be opened by a teenage girl shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to an education.

Malala Yousafzai will open the £188 million Library of Birmingham in a special ceremony in the city's Centenary Square later today.

The 16-year-old said she was "honoured" to be opening the library in her adopted home town of Birmingham.

She continued: "There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

"It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed."

Read more: Taliban sends letter to Malala


Gordon and Sarah Brown hail Malala's speech to UN

Former prime minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and wife Sarah have hailed Malala Yousafzai's speech to the UN today.

Mr Brown wrote on his blog: "Malala Yousafzai brings to the UN, with my support, a clear message: it is time to do more".


Malala - This is not my day. Today is the day of every boy and girl who have raised their voice. #malaladay

Malala: 'Extremists are afraid of books and pens'

Malala Yousafzai told a UN conference that "terrorists are using the name of Islam for their own personal benefits."


Malala: "The extremists are afraid of books & pens. The power of education frightens them." #MalalaDay #EducationFirst


Malala: We call upon all govts to ensure free, compulsory education all over the world for every child. #MalalalDay


Malala delivers major speech to UN on her 16th birthday

Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th birthday by delivering a speech at the UN headquarters in New York urging leaders to do more to ensure every child gets the right to free education. She thanked the UN leaders and said she was here to "speak up for the right education of every child".

Malala Yousufzai delivers keynote speech at the UN. Credit: Reuters

She said: "It is an honour for me to speak again after a long time, being here with such honourable people. I fully support Mr Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General in his global education first initiative. And the work of the UN special envoy Mr Gordon Brown. I thank them for their leadership.

"They continue to inspire us all into action. Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman and every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.

"When I was shot weakness and fear died, and strength and power was born. The Taliban thought the bullet could silence us. But they failed".

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