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Malala portrait up for auction in New York

A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, is expected to fetch up to $80,000 for her charity when it is auctioned in New York next month. By Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain's leading portrait painters, the oil on canvas has been on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London since September. The picture, which shows the 16-year-old doing her homework and which measures nearly one meter (three feet) by one meter, goes under the hammer at Christie's on May 14.

University of King's College to grant honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai

HALIFAX - The University of King's College in Halifax will confer an honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls' education who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. The university says the 16-year-old won't attend the ceremony due to her studies in England but she will be granted the honour on May 15. Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm and former senator Michael Meighen will also be among those receiving honorary degrees as the liberal arts university marks its 225th anniversary.

University of King's College to grant honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai

HALIFAX - The University of King's College in Halifax will confer an honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls' education who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. The university says the 16-year-old won't attend the ceremony due to her studies in England but she will be granted the honour on May 15. Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm and former senator Michael Meighen will also be among those receiving honorary degrees as the liberal arts university marks its 225th anniversary.

Malala nominated for 'Children's Nobel'

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, was nominated for the World Children's Prize in Sweden on Wednesday for championing education rights for girls. "She is a child herself and she stands up for girls' rights to education in Pakistan, but also in the world as a whole," Liv Kjellberg, 15, a member of the international prize jury told AFP. Malala was nominated last year for the Nobel Peace Prize and won the European Union's Sakharov human rights prize for her crusade for the right of all children to an education.

Malala praises teenage Pakistani bomb hero

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban to champion girls' rights to education, paid tribute Friday to a teenager killed stopping a suicide bomber from attacking a school. Aitzaz Hassan, 15, a student in Hangu district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has become a national hero after he tackled the bomber who had come to attack his school on Monday, at a time when hundreds of students were inside.

Mexico to give equality prize to Pakistan's Malala

Mexico said Sunday it will award its 2013 International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education. The award seeks to recognize Malala's efforts for "the protection of human rights" and especially her fight to protect the right to education without discrimination on "grounds of age, gender, sex and religion," Mexico's official National Council to Prevent Discrimination said in a statement. The award ceremony is planned for early 2014.

Malala dedicates her Sakharov award to "Pakistan's unsung heroes"

Strasbourg, France, Nov 20 (EFE).- Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot by the Taliban for fighting for the right to education for girls, on Wednesday dedicated her Sakharov human rights prize presented by the European Parliament "to the unsung heroes of Pakistan" and to all who fight for rights and freedoms. Malala, dressed in a salmon-colored sari, under the attentive gaze of her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, asked in her acceptance speech that the European Union support the 57 million children throughout the world who do not have access to education.

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai receives EU Sakharov rights prize

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was handed the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize Wednesday in recognition of her crusade for the right of all children, girls and boys, to an education. To thunderous applause announcing the European Parliament prize, the assembly's president Martin Schulz praised the 16-year-old activist as "a survivor, a heroine and an extraordinary young woman" and said: "You have given hope to millions of people."

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai receives EU Sakharov rights prize

Pakistan's teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was Wednesday handed the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. To thunderous applause announcing the European Parliament prize, the assembly's president Martin Schulz praised the 16-year-old's crusade for all childrens' right to an education, saying: "You have given hope to millions of people." ccr/jmm

'Sycamore Row' keeps perch atop U.S. best-sellers list

NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Grisham's novel "Sycamore Row" topped the U.S. best-sellers list on Thursday for the third consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide. Hardcover Fiction Last Week 1. "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham (Doubleday, $28.95) 1 2. "Mirage" by Clive Cussler/Jack Du Brul (Putnam, $ 28.95) - 3. "Winners" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28.00) 2
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