Malala Yousafzai, born in 1997, is a Pakistani activist known for fighting for education rights for girls under the Taliban regime. She was awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize for her cause of education. On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Malala in her head and neck in an assassination attempt. Pakistan authorities subsequently offered an US$100,000 bounty on capture of the attacker. She remains in critical condition.
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A commemoration ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in Central at 11am tomorrow, which is Remembrance Sunday, when tribute is paid to those in the armed forces who died in the line of duty. Two minutes' silence will be observed and wreaths laid. Poppies are available from the Royal British Legion's Central depot in Prince's Building, 15/F, Room 1528, as well as from a booth in Pacific Place (by the bridge to Queensway). Volunteers will also be selling them on the streets of Central.
Gay lawmaker leads Pride Parade
The fourth annual Pride Parade for gay rights leaves Victoria Park in Causeway Bay at 3pm bound for Chater Garden in Central. New lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen of People Power, who announced his homosexuality after winning a seat on the Legislative Council, will lead the parade as the "rainbow ambassador". Participants in the parade are encouraged to depict a profession to spread a message against prejudice in the workplace, after legislators voted against debating whether a law was needed to stop such prejudice.
Kuwaitis rally against new electoral rules
Kuwaiti opposition groups stage a rally against new voting rules as a stand-off with the government intensifies ahead of an election on December 1. While opposition groups say the rules will skew the election, the government, so far spared the uprisings seen elsewhere in the region, has made clear its determination to stop street protests spilling over into unrest.
Global support for girl shot by Taliban
A global day of action has been declared today for people to voice their support for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot last month by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls. The 15-year-old is being treated in Britain following the attack, and tens of thousands of Britons yesterday called on the government to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Military intervention in Mali on table
West African leaders hope to adopt a military blueprint this weekend before seeking United Nations approval to intervene in Islamist-occupied northern Mali. Former Guinean transitional leader General Sekouba Konate, who is supervising preparations, also wants to discuss how to deal with the extremists' new calls for dialogue.
Rich pickings for the media
Trade disputes and expansion overseas are likely to be topics covered when China's Minister of Commerce, Chen Deming, and the chairman of the Sany Group, Liang Wengen, both meet the press on the sidelines of the Communist Party's 18th national congress. Liang topped Forbes magazine's list of China's richest people last year, but fell to No 6 this year with an estimated fortune of US$5.9 billion.