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Schoolgirl attacked by Taliban in Pakistan

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against Pakistani militants and promoting education for girls.

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Malala Yousafzai (R) gives a copy of her book to Queen Elizabeth II during a Reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London on October 18, 2013. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to an education, met Queen Elizabeth at a reception for youth, education and the Commonwealth. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
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epa03906302 Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai reacts to the crowd prior to deliversing remarks during an International Day of the Girl program during the IMF World Bank Annual Meetings 2013 in Washington, DC, USA, 11 October 2013. The Annual meetings run through Saturday 12 October 2013. EPA/SHAWN THEW
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama (2L), and their daughter Malia Obama (L) meet with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Pakistani girl, 16, was shot in the head and neck in 2012 in Pakistan's Swat Valley by the Taliban for her activism for women's rights and education. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Student and blogger Malala Yousafzai arrives to promote her book "I am Malala" at "The Daily Show" on October 8, 2013 in New York City. Malala was shot multiple times in an assassination attempt in Pakistan by the Taliban on October 9, 2012 while returning home from school. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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epa03871668 (L-R) British musician David Howell Evans aka The Edge, Pakistani Malala Yousafzai and Irish musician Paul David Hewson aka Bono of the band U2 talk while attending the awards ceremony held in the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland, 17 September 2013. Malala Yousafzai received an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience 2013 award. Malala was attacked by Taliban on 09 October 2012 for advocating girls rights to education and wounded along with two schoolmates. EPA/Robbie Reynolds / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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16-year old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan raises a trophy after being honored with the International Children's Peace Prize at the Ridderzaal in the Hague, the Netherlands, on September 6, 2013. Malala was attacked by Taliban on October 9, 2012, for advocating girls rights to education and wounded along with two schoolmates. She received the prize from the hands of Yemeni Civil Rights activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman. AFP PHOTO / ANP / BAS CZERWINSKI ***Netherlands out***BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Malala Yousafzai Opens Birmingham Library

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Malala Yousafzai stand sby her father Ziauddin Yousafzai as she opens the new Library of Birmingham at Centenary Square on September 3, 2013 in Birmingham, England. The new futuristic building was officially opened by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai who was attacked by Taliban gunmen on her school bus near her former home in Pakistan in October 2012. The new building was designed by architect Francine Hoube and has cost 189 million GBP. The modern exterior of interlacing rings reflects the canals and tunnels of Birmingham. The library's ten floors will house the city's internationally significant collections of archives, photography and rare books as well as it's lending library. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Image: Malala Yousafzai, Advocate For Girls Education, Speaks At UN

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban, speaks at the United Nations (UN) Youth Assembly on July 12, 2013 in New York City. The United Nations declared July 12, "Malala Day." Yousafzai also celebrates her birthday today. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Image: Malala Yousafzai reunited with school friend Shazia Ramzan

epa03770800 A handout photograph made available on 02 July 2013 by 'A World at School' shows school friends,Malala Yousafzai (R) and Shazia Ramzan greeting each other on being reunited at Birmingham airport, central England, on 29 June 2013. Shazia was on the school bus in Pakistan on 09 October 2012 when Taliban gunmen came in search of Malala, a vocal campaigner for girls' education. Malala was shot in the head while Shazia suffered gun wounds to the neck and shoulder. Malala was airlifted to Birmingham soon after the attack, but Shazia stayed in Pakistan. She has flown to Britain to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor and has been granted permission to complete her studies. EPA/KEN BHOGAL / WORLD AT SCHOOL / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: KEN BHOGAL / WORLD AT SCHOOL HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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ADDING BYLINE AND CORRECTING CREDIT An image grab taken from handout video footage released by the Malala Fund on April 5, 2013 shows Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, speaking in a recorded message to announce the first grant from the Malala Fund. A fund set up by Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, is to send 40 girls to school in her home region with the support of US actress Angelina Jolie. Malala, 15, announced the fund's first project in a video message late on April 4, 2013 to the Women in the World Conference in New York from Britain, where she was sent for surgery after the attack on her schoolbus last October. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / MALALA FUND / AARON KISNER / VITAL VOICES " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS RESTRICTED TO SUBSTRICPTION USE NO ARCHIVE-/AFP/Getty Images
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Image made available by her press office of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, as she attends her first day of school on Tuesday March 19, 2013 just weeks after being released from hospital. The 15-year-old participated in lessons at the Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, central England. She survived an assassination attempt by the fundamentalist political group in October last year and underwent hours of surgery in the UK to try and repair the damage caused by a bullet which grazed her brain. (AP Photo/ Malala Press Office)
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A handout picture recieved on January 4, 2013 and taken January 3, 2013 from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham shows injured 15 year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai hugging a member of the hospital staff as she is discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in central England. Malala shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education has been discharged from the British hospital treating her, a hospital spokeswoman said on January 4, 2013. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, said 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai would continue her rehabilitation at her family's temporary English home before undergoing major reconstructive surgery in a few weeks. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Pakistani victim of Taliban attack Malala Yousufzai discharged from hospital

epa03523829 A handout image made available by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital showing Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan waving as she leaves the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after been discharged in Birmingham, Britain, 04 January 2013. Yousufzai, 15, was shot by Taliban and wounded in an attack on her school bus on 09 October 2012. Yousufzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting women's education was released from hospital, but will have to undergo specialist cranial surgery at a later date. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, said 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was released as a patient but will have to return for reconstructive surgery later this month or in February. The Pakistani government said 03 January that the teenager, who was flown to Britain a week after the attack on October 9, will be able to stay in Britain after her father had been given a consular post in Birmingham. EPA/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BIRMINGHAM / HANDOUT ALTERNATIVE CROP, HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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In this photo provided by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, left, and his daughter Asifa Bhutto, right, meet with Malala Yousufzai, where she is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained when a Taliban gunman opened fire on her and her friends outside the Khushal School for Girls in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The Taliban targeted Malala because of her outspoken and relentless objection to the group's regressive interpretation of Islam that keeps women at home and bars girls from school. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
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Image: School students walk past near Khushal School in Mingor

School students walk past near Khushal School in Mingora, Swat valley November 29, 2012. Two Pakistani girls shot by a Taliban hit squad trying to kill their classmate, Malala Yousufzai, returned to school on Thursday under tight security. A gunman attacked Yousufzai, who campaigned for girls' education despite threats from the Taliban, on Oct. 9 as she was leaving school in Pakistan's Swat valley. She was wounded in the head and her two school friends were also wounded. REUTERS/Hazrat Ali Bacha (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION RELIGION CRIME LAW)
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In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, Pakistani school children gather under a poster of injured classmate Malala at the Khushal School for Girls, as they wait to be collected before classes in Mingora, Swat Valley Pakistan. The poem which runs down one side of the poster talks about Malala's bravery, smile and courage. Malala was shot for her outspoken insistence on girls' education_ and her two friends, Shazia Ramazan and Kainat Riaz were injured by a Taliban gunmen Oct. 8. Shazia and Kainat are to return to school this week for the first time since the shooting. ( AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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Image: Children of supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement party hold potraits of Malala Yousufzai in Karachi

Children of supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party hold potraits of Malala Yousufzai in Karachi November 10, 2012. U.N. officials declared "Malala Day" one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates were shot by the Pakistan Taliban. She had been targeted for speaking out against the insurgency. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala reads a book as she recuperates at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai reads a book as she recuperates at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, in this undated handout photograph released November 8, 2012. Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, was flown from Pakistan to Britain for specialist treatment after the Oct. 9 attack. REUTERS/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/Handout (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION) NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Image: Family Of Malala Yousafzai Arrive In UK

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Malala Yousafzai sits up in her hospital bed with her father Ziauddin and her two younger brothers, Atal Khan (R) and Khushal Khan (C), on October 26, 2012 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. 15 year-old Ziauddin is being treated in the UK after she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan two weeks ago. (Photo by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via Getty Images)
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Pakistani students carry placards with the photographs of child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest against the assassination attempt by the Taliban on Malala in Lahore on October 16, 2012. In an attack which outraged the world, Malala was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last Tuesday as a punishment for campaigning for the right to an education. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALIArif Ali/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Malala Yousufzai at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in a picture released on October 19, 2012.

Malala Yousufzai at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in a picture released on October 19, 2012.
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A Nepalese student holds a photo of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, during a candlelight vigil to express support for her in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct.15, 2012. Yousufzai was shot along with two classmates by a Taliban gunman while they were on their way home from school on Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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A Pakistani female supporter of a political party Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) shouts slogans during a protest procession against the assassination attempt by Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai in Karachi on October 14, 2012. A Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to education is making "slow and steady progress" in her recovery, the military said. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUMRIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Aftermath of attack on Malala Yousafzai

epa03473067 YEARENDER 2012 OCTOBER Afghan school girls pray for the recovery of a Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and wounded by Pakistani Taliban militants, as Afghan Education Ministry organized special prayers for Malala during morning assembly in schools across the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 13 October 2012. Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban militants for advocating education for girls, underwent surgery at a military hospital in Peshwar last week. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award in 2011 in recognition for her struggle for girls' education, which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. EPA/S. SABAWOON
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A Pakistani boy holds up a picture of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, while he and other schoolchildren attend a protest condemning the attack, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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Pakistani girls display a poster while sitting at their desk, as their teacher, not shown, talks to them about 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by a Taliban gunman for her role in promoting girls' education in the Swat Valley where she lives, in a school in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. A Pakistani military spokesman says Yousufzai is in "satisfactory" condition but cautions that the next few days will be critical. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Image: People light candles alongside pictures of Malala Yousufzai at a school in Lahore

People light candles alongside pictures of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls, at a school in Lahore October 12, 2012. One of the Taliban's most feared commanders, Maulana Fazlullah, carefully briefed two killers from his special hit squad on their next target -- 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Yousufzai, who had angered the Taliban by speaking out for "Western"-style girls' education. Shot in the head and the neck, Yousufzai still lies unconscious in hospital. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION CRIME LAW)
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Pakistani students pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. A Pakistani military spokesman says Yousufzai is in "satisfactory" condition but cautions that the next few days will be critical. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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Image: Hospital staff assist Malala Yousufzai who was wounded in a gun attack, at Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital in the Swat Valley region in northwest Pakistan

Hospital staff assist Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was wounded in a gun attack, at Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital in the Swat Valley region in northwest Pakistan October 9, 2012. According to authorities, gunmen in Pakistan shot and seriously wounded Yousufzai on Tuesday for speaking out against Taliban militants. Yousufzai became famous for speaking out against the Pakistani Taliban at a time when even the government seemed to be appeasing the hardline Islamists. REUTERS/Hazart Ali Bacha (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)
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Image: Undated file photo of Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, who was wounded in a gun attack in Swat Valley northwest Pakistan

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, who was wounded in a gun attack, is seen in Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, in this undated file photo.Taliban gunmen in Pakistan on October 9, 2012 shot and seriously wounded Yousufzai, a 14-year-old schoolgirl who rose to fame for speaking out against the militants, authorities said. REUTERS/Hazart Ali Bacha/Files (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: FILE - Pakistani Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai Wins EU's Sakharov Human Rights Prize

(FILE PHOTO) 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago after campaigning for better rights for girls, has won the EU's Sakharov human rights prize for free speech. Malala is being mentioned as a contender for this year's Nobel peace prize which is due to be announced tomorrow. PESHAWAR, NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, PAKISTAN - MARCH 26, 2009: Malala Yousafzai, 12, lives in the Swat Valley with her family, pictured on March 26, 2009 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She wants to become a politician and is relieved that the schools have re-opened, but is scared that Taliban militants will forbid school for all girls after the 4th grade. In October 2012, aged 14, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack, which was internationally condemned, claimed it was because she promoted secularism. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)
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FILE - DECEMBER 8, 2012: Nominations are being voted on and the winners in the 'TIME Person of the Year' 2012 will be announced on December 14th. PESHAWAR, NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, PAKISTAN - MARCH 26, 2009: Malala Yousafzai, 12, lives in the Swat Valley with her family, pictured on March 26, 2009 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She wants to become a politician and is relieved that the schools have re-opened, but is scared that Taliban militants will forbid school for all girls after the 4th grade. In October 2012, aged 14, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack, which was internationally condemned, claimed it was because she promoted secularism. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)
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