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Nobel committee salutes Malala's 'heroic struggle'

Malala speaking at Westminster Abbey. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Nobel Prize Committee paid tribute to Malala Yousafzai's "heroic struggle" for girls' rights.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.

This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education."

– Nobel Prize Committee

Malala and Indian children's activist claim Nobel Prize

Teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Credit: PA

Teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head in Pakistan when she was just 15, has scooped the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was awarded the prize jointly with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.


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Malala's father: Arrests 'good news for family'

Malala Yousufzai Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala's father has welcomed the news.

This is good news for our family and most importantly, for the people of Pakistan and the civilised world. This first step of apprehending Malala’s attackers signifies the beginning of real hope for the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been affected by terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Swat and the whole country. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the security forces and police in bringing these men to justice and fighting for the reestablishment of peace. This is the beginning of the real restoration of the writ of the government, where the rule of law and justice prevails for all.

– Ziauddin Yousafzai - Malala's father

Taliban militants responsible for Malala shooting arrested

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala Yousufzai Credit: PA

Taliban activists claimed responsibility for shooting Malala in 2012 for her advocacy of women's right to education but no one had been arrested until now.

Two other schoolgirls were also injured in the attack.

The Pakistani army's head of press Asim Bajwa told reporters 10 attackers had been identified and arrested.

Malala survived the attack after being airlifted to Britain for treatment and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.


Boko Haram leader mocks #bringbackourgirls campaign

Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have released a video mocking the #bringbackourgirls campaign which was founded after they abducted 200 schoolgirls.

Coming three months after the youngsters were taken, the footage shows the group's leader Abubaker Shekau standing in front of rows of tanks and fighters.

In a mocking tone he seemingly directed at Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan he says: "Bring back our girls, bring back our army."

He then shouts: "Kill, kill, kill Christians," before claiming he is ruled by the Koran and not the Nigerian constitution.

Footage of the youngsters, who have been missing for more than three months, is then shown although it is unclear when it was taken.

Boko Haram mocks #BringBackOurGirls in new video

Boko Haram have released a video mocking the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and demanding that the Nigerian government release members of their group imprisoned in Nigeria.

The video comes three months after the abductions, and leader Abubaker Shekau is seen in front on rows of tanks and fighters shouting "Bring back our army".

A Boko Haram spokesperson seen in a video released in May. Credit: Boko Haram.

Malala Yousafzai is currently in Nigeria meeting some of the girls who managed to escape Boko Haram.

Watch: Malala praises efforts of Nigerian campaigners to free girls captured by Boko Haram

Malala: We must raise our voices for Nigeria girls

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head by the Taliban, praised efforts made by Nigerian campaigners to raise awareness around the abduction of more than 200 girls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Speaking during a visit to the country, Malala said: "We thank you so much for telling the world that this is happening here, not only just knowing but also to tell the world that they stand up with you".

Malala to meet kidnapped girls who escaped Boko Haram

Malala Yousafzai is in Nigeria to support women's rights. Credit: PA

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school but miraculously survived, is to meet some of the kidnapped girls who escaped from Boko Haram

The 17-year-old, who is now a women's rights campaigner, travelled to Nigeria to help draw attention to their cause.

In a statement ahead of what has been dubbed 'Malala Day,' the schoolgirl said: "This Malala Day, I have come to Nigeria to honour the stories of these brave girls who have sacrificed so much to get an education and achieve their dreams."

More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant Islamist group in April. Despite repeated pleas for their release many are still being held captive.

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