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Malala reunited with Pakistan attack schoolfriends

Campaigning Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was reunited on Saturday with two friends who were injured in the Taliban attempt to kill her. Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan met Malala during an event at Edinburgh University in Scotland, the first time they have seen her since the attack. A Taliban gunman boarded the girls' school bus in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley in October 2012 and opened fire at Malala to punish her for championing girls' rights to education. Malala, now 16, was shot in the head while Kainat and Shazia were both wounded in the crossfire.

Canadian Tories woo votes with pro-consumer program

Canada's ruling Tories on Wednesday rolled out legislative priorities to woo disgruntled consumers, proposing unbundling TV packages, no-cost banking and curbing cellphone roaming costs. Governor General David Johnston outlined the government's agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session in a speech to both houses of Parliament. In it, he said the the government would seek to reduce roaming costs on mobile networks, expand no-cost basic banking services and end extra fees to receive paper bills instead of by email.

Highlights from the federal speech from the throne delivered Wednesday

OTTAWA - Highlights from the throne speech delivered Wednesday by Gov. Gen. David Johnston: — Legislation coming to require balanced budgets during normal economic times and strict timelines for restoring balance in the event of an crisis. — Negotiations will soon be complete in a long-awaited comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union. — The overall federal operating budget will be frozen.

Malala says she's no Western puppet

Malala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' right to an education, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated her desire to enter Pakistani politics. The activist was shot in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against the Taliban. She was flown for specialist care in Britain, where she has continued her education, while she has been feted and honoured in the West.

Overlooked Malala congratulates Nobel prize winner

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who was widely tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, congratulated the eventual winners after missing out on the award. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' right to an education, was overlooked for the prize, with the Nobel committee instead honouring the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In a statement through the public relations firm representing her, the teenager congratulated the OPCW and thanked those who had pressed for her to win.

Hometown's pride unbowed after Malala misses out on Nobel Prize

The extended family and friends of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and was tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday their sense of pride in the "daughter of Swat" had not diminished after she missed out on the prestigious award. At Khushal Public School in Swat, where Malala studied before the vicious Taliban attack, school teacher Fakhrul Islam said that because of Malala, girls are increasingly motivated to achieve higher goals in their lives.

Pakistan's Malala, global icon of girls' education

Schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai's courageous fightback from being shot by the Taliban in the past year has transformed her into a campaigner in global demand. Though she missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, with the committee instead honouring the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, she has become a formidable -- and instantly recognisable -- force for rights.

Malala hometown puts brave face on Nobel disappointment

Friends and supporters of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan voiced disappointment as she missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, but the Tailban said they were "delighted" at the news. The 16-year-old was hotly tipped to win the Nobel after courageously fighting back from a Taliban attempt on her life to lead a high-profile international campaign for the right of all children to go to school. But instead the Nobel committee honoured the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.

Malala, survivor of Taliban, resented in Pakistan hometown

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik MINGORA, Pakistan (Reuters) - For many of her compatriots, Malala Yousafzai is a stooge of the United States and a CIA agent, a symbol of the West's evils and a global conspiracy to bring down her native Pakistan. She has won the European Union's prestigious human rights award and was one of the favorites to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but in her native Swat valley, friends and neighbors reacted with a mixture of resentment, fear and jealousy.

Malala Yousafzai speaks of Nobel hopes

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girl's education, spoke on Thursday of the possibility of winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize and said she might like to be Pakistan's prime minister one day. "If I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I think it will be such a great honor, and more than I deserve, and such a great responsibility as well," she told an audience at a New York City cultural center on Thursday night.
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