Malala Yousafzai

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. 


Briefs, October 20, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 11:57am

Schoolgirl shot in head by Taliban can stand

LONDON - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has been able to stand with help for the first time. She is also communicating by writing notes, said an official at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, where she is being treated. AFP


US to invite Myanmar to join military drills

BANGKOK - The United States plans to invite Myanmar to a major regional military exercise next year, host country Thailand said yesterday. The move would see Myanmar's military join the annual Cobra Gold drills as an observer. The proposal, which needs the approval of all participating countries, was Washington's initiative. AFP


Tribal leader's family killed in army raid

MANILA - The wife and two young sons of a Philippine tribal leader who is wanted for attacks on a US$5.9 billion mine project were killed in an army raid on his hideout. Seven soldiers had a shoot-out with Daguil Capion and his armed followers unaware that the man's family was with him, the army said. The tribal leader escaped. AFP


Pakistan court moves against ex-army chief

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's top court has recommended the government launch legal proceedings against a former army chief and head of intelligence for allegedly bankrolling politicians running against the current ruling party in the 1990 election. AP


US$3m in aid for Myanmar minorities

TOKYO - A philanthropic group closely linked to the Japanese government will give US$3 million in humanitarian aid to Myanmar's armed ethnic minorities. The Nippon Foundation said it would be food and medical aid. AP



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