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Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel laureate

In a year of rapidly proliferating conflicts, the Swedish Nobel Committee on Friday renewed attention on one of the world’s most durable and dangerous standoffs by splitting its annual peace prize between a teenage Pakistani activist and a graying Indian Gandhian. …

Malala Yousafzai, left, the Pakistani teenage advocate for female education, and children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, right, of India, are the co-winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  Andrew Gombert / Martial Trezzin/European Pressphoto Agency
Malala Yousafzai, left, the Pakistani teenage advocate for female education, and children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, right, of India, are the co-winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Andrew Gombert / Martial Trezzin/European Pressphoto Agency

Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 became the youngest Nobel laureate, won the prize exactly two years and one day after she was nearly killed by a bullet to the head during a Taliban assassination attempt in her native Swat Valley. She was targeted for her outspoken advocacy of female education — a cause she has championed relentlessly ever since, in spite of further threats.

Speaking from the British city of Birmingham on Friday, she reveled in the committee’s decision to share her prize with an Indian, 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi, who has spent decades crusading against child slavery. …

Washington Post

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