Malala awarded EU prize

Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban in an assassination attempt, has been awarded the EU's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought.

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Malala awarded EU human rights prize

Teenage education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has been awarded the EU's Sakhrov Prize for freedom of thought at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning.

Malala with Phil Bennion MEP and members of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group Credit: ALDE

Before the ceremony, Malala met with Birmingham MEP, Phil Bennion and members of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, who nominated her for the prize.

Mr Bennion said:

"Malala is an inspiration for millions. We nominated her for the European Union's highest award not only for her incredible work before she was brutally attacked, but for the tremendous courage she has shown since in continuing to fight for girls' right to education around the world."

Sir Graham Watson, a Liberal Democrat MEP and leader of ALDE, said:

"This prize is not just for Malala but for the millions of other girls and boys worldwide, Muslim and non-Muslim, who like her have been denied their universal right to education. She now personifies the fight for that right with her 'weapons of books and pens'."

Malala congratulates OPCW on Nobel Peace Prize

Malala congratulated the OPCW on their prize Credit: PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai has congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on their winning the Nobel Peace Prize. She said:

"The OPCW is an important organisation working on the ground to help rid the world of chemical weapons.

I would like to congratulate them on this much-deserved global recognition. I would also like to thank the people and media in Pakistan, and those from all over the world, for their support, kindness and prayers.

I will continue to fight for the education for every child, and I hope people will continue to support me in my cause."


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Malala hopes to be Prime Minister of Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai has expressed her desire to become her country's prime minister.

16-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai said she had previously wanted to be a doctor, but has changed her mind. Credit: Press Association

The 16-year-old Pakistani girl made her comments in an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Asked if she wanted to be a doctor or a politician, she said she had initially wanted to be a doctor, but had learned she could help people more as prime minister. She said:

"I can spend much of the budget on education."

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Nobel Committee seeks to eliminate chemical weapons

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it has awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to the OPCW, as it wants to contribute to the continuation of the elimination of the world's chemical arsenal.


Malala Yousafzai in line for Nobel Peace Prize

The Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban for her campaigning work is in line for another major honour.

Malala Yousafzai is the favourite to walk away with the Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced today.

Malala Yousafzai is the favourite to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Credit: Niall Carson/PA

If she wins, she will join the likes of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, and the European Union itself, who have all won the coveted prize in the past.

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