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Gordon Brown congratulates Malala

Malala Yousafzai speaking with Gordon Brown at The United Nations headquarters in New York last year. Credit: PA Wire

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has congratulated Malala Yousafzai and joint Nobel Peace Prize winner Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi, calling them "the world's greatest children's champions".

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the world’s greatest children’s champions. They are two of my best friends and two of the greatest global campaigners who deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their courage, determination and for their vision that no child should ever be left behind and that every child should have the best of chances.

– Gordon Brown

2011 Peace Prize winner tweets Malala photo

The winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman has responded to Malala Yousafzai's award of the prize by tweeting a photo of herself with the teenager.

Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician and human rights activist who played a prominent role in the 'Arab Spring' uprising in her country.


Who is Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthai?

While Malala Yousafzai may garner most of the attention after today's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, the award was also shared with an Indian human rights activist called Kailash Satyarthai.

The Nobel Peace Prize drawing of Satyarthai and Malala Yousafzai. Credit: Handout

His organisation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, describes itself as "the largest grassroots movement against child labour, child trafficking and child servitude".

The movement, known in English as 'Save the Childhood', is credited with freeing and rehabilitating tens of thousands of children who faced a miserable existence.

Here is how the Nobel Peace Prize Committee described Satyarthai's work:

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.

He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

– Nobel Peace Prize Committee

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.


Garcia Marquez: Bout of pneumonia prior to death

March 6, 2014 file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Credit: AP Photo

Known affectionately to friends and fans as 'Gabo', Garcia Marquez had just returned from hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia, doctors have said.

Although "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was his most popular creation, other classics from Garcia Marquez included "Autumn of the Patriarch", "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold".

Marquez: 'Death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has said on Twitter:

'One thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Translation: The Giants never die

Marquez 'out sold everything in Spanish but the Bible'

Colombian Nobel prize writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez waves. Credit: Reuters

The works of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today at his home in Mexico, outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible.

Marquez was widely considered to be the greatest Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and was often compared to literary giants like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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