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Malala urges action as she receives Nobel Prize

Malala Yousafzai urged world leaders to provide free education for every child as she received the Nobel Peace Prize today.

Yousafzai - shot by the Taliban in 2012 for promoting girls' rights to education - is the youngest person to receive the award.

The 17-year-old joked at the ceremony in Oslo, Norway that she was certain she was the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize "who still fights with her younger brothers".

ITV News' Richard Pallot reports:

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: Mandela 'belongs to the whole world'

Education activist Malala Yousafzai paid tribute to the life Nelson Mandela:

Nelson Mandela is physically separated from us but his soul and spirit will never die.

He belongs to the whole world because he is an icon of equality, freedom and love, the values we need all the time everywhere. His long, long struggle is a great demonstration of humanity.

I have learned so much from Nelson Mandela and he has been my leader. He is a perpetual inspiration for me and millions of others around the world.

Malala and Gordon Brown launch Syria appeal

Schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai and former prime minister Gordon Brown have helped launched a campaign to find 300,000 school places for Syrian children forced to flee to Lebanon.

The two have joined with education charity A World at School to support a $500 million (£320 million), three-year plan to provide emergency education and food for displaced children in Lebanese schools.

Malala Yousafzai spoke to twin Syrian girls in Lebanon via Skype to offer them hope. Credit: A World at School/Ken Bhogal

Malala also spoke via Skype to Zahra and Om Kolthoum Katou, twin Syrian girls who crossed the border to Lebanon, in a bid to offer them hope and support.

Brown: 'Nobody will believe a word the Taliban says'

Gordon Brown said "nobody will believe a word the Taliban says" about the right of girls like Malala Yousafzai to have an education "until they stop burning down schools and stop massacring pupils."

Following the Taliban commander's letter to Malala in which he accuses her of creating a smear campaign, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education said the Taliban are "on the defensive".

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. Credit: Reuters

Mr Brown said: "The Taliban are on the defensive because four million people, two million of them in Pakistan, have now signed petitions calling for every girl to have their education in safety.

"I will visit Pakistan in the next few weeks as we build on Malala Day. During my visit I will step up the pressure for action to ensure that the three to four million Pakistani girls now denied education have a chance to go to school by the end of 2015."

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