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Yousafzai at a UN event. The Taliban says it still wants to kill her (Photo: un.org)

Pakistani schoolgirl wins EU rights prize

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has won the EU's 2013 Sakharov prize for "freedom of thought."

Political chiefs in the European Parliament announced the decision on Thursday (10 October), amid speculation she will also win the Nobel peace prize on Friday.

Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian Liberal MEP whose group nominated her for the Sakharov award, said she "is an inspiration to every man, woman and child."

Charles Tannock, a British Conservative deputy, noted: "the Taliban...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Yousafzai at a UN event. The Taliban says it still wants to kill her (Photo: un.org)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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