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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.
Malala waves to well-wishers outside the library

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."

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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".

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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 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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