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Malala film gets first UK screening ahead of release next month

Malala Yousafzai Credit: PA

A film telling the life story of Birmingham-based Malala Yousafzai will be screened tonight at the London Film Festival ahead of its release next month.

'He Named Me Malala' is about Malala's fight to win girls the right to an education in her native Pakistan, telling her story up until her attempted assassination by the Taliban.

She was flown to Britain and treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, making a full recovery.

She is now based in the city with her family and recently achieved As and A*s in her GCSEs.

The film will go on general release on the 6th November.

Firm sorry for using image of Malala being shot in advert

An advertising agency has apologised after using a cartoon of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai being shot in the face to advertise a mattress company.

A spokesman for Ogilvy & Mather said the campaign, created by the firm's India office, "are contrary to the beliefs and professional standards of Ogilvy & Mather and our clients."

Advertising company Ogilvy & Mather have apologised over the 'Bounce Back' campaign. Credit: Ogilvy/

"We deeply regret this incident and want to personally apologise to Malala Yousafzai and her family," spokesman Greg Carton said.

"We are investigating how our standards were compromised in this case and will take whatever corrective action is necessary."


Malala portrait expected to fetch £48k at auction

The portrait of Malala to be sold Credit: Jonathan Yeo

A portrait of a schoolgirl from Birmingham, who survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, is expected to fetch up to £48,000 at auction today.

The portrait of Malala Yousafzai is going under the hammer in New York, with all proceeds going to the Malala Fund, which supports girls' right to education.

Portrait of Malala to be auctioned for charity

A painting of Malala Yousafzai displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London will be auctioned off next month, with a starting price of almost £36,000.

The painting of Malala will be sold next month Credit: Jonathan Yeo

Auctioneers Christies will put the painting by Jonathan Yeo on the block, with all money raised going to Malala Fund - set up to to support the Birmingham schoolgirl's fight for the right to education.

The painting is expected to fetch between $60,000 (£35,727) and $80,000 (£47,636) at the auction, which will be held on May 14.

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 to be reunited with friends from school bus attack

Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai will be reunited with two of her friends today who were in the same bus she was in when it was targeted by the Taliban last October in Pakistan.

Malala Yousafzai's memoirs were published this month Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Malala and education campaigning friends Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan will open a primary school together in Scotland.

The schoolgirl will address an audience at Edinburgh University in an event hosted by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

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Malala meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Malala met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Malala Yousufzai spoke to the Queen about the importance of education when they met at Buckingham Palace.

The teenager, accompanied by her father Ziauddin, gave the Queen a copy of her book, I Am Malala, during their meeting in the palace's White Drawing Room, telling her: "It is a great honour for me to be here, and I wanted to present you with this book."

Accepting the gift, the Queen replied: "That's very kind of you," before chatting with the teenager for a few moments.

Malala presented the Queen with her book.

She was reduced to laughter by a comment from the Duke, who quipped that in this country, people want children to go to school to get them out of the house. Malala covered her face while in a fit of giggles at his joke.

The Queen and Malala spoke abut the importance of education.
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Malala to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to an education, is expected to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace later today.

Malala receives the International Children's Peace Prize 2013, in The Hague. Credit: PA

Malala, 16, has reportedly impressed Queen Elizabeth with her bravery and will attend the Commonwealth Universities and Education Reception at Buckingham Palace later this morning.

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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