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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.

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.

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.

'Thank God I'm not dead': Malala's first thought after shooting

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai's first thought was "Thank God I'm not dead" as she woke up terrified in British hospital after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head, according to extracts from her autobiography published in the Sunday Times newspaper. But the 16-year-old, among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced on October 11, said she was unable to talk, had no idea where she was and was unsure even of her own name when she emerged from a coma after six days.

'Thank God I'm not dead': Malala's first thought after shooting

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai's first thought was "Thank God I'm not dead" as she woke up terrified in British hospital after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head, according to extracts from her autobiography published in the Sunday Times newspaper. But the 16-year-old, among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced on October 11, said she unable to talk, had no idea where she was and was unsure even of her own name when she emerged from a coma after six days.

Pakistan's Malala in school for first time since shooting

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai returned to school on Tuesday for the first time since she was shot in the head by the Taliban in October for campaigning for girls' education. The 15-year-old said she had "achieved her dream" and was looking forward to meeting new friends at the independent Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, central England, where she is now living. Malala was flown to Britain after the attack for surgery for her head injuries and underwent several operations as recently as last month.

Pakistani girl Malala says she is getting better, in video statement gj/dk/txw
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