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(NEWSER) – Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize today for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. The decision made Malala, a 17-year-old student and education activist, the youngest-ever Nobel winner. When she was a student at Mingora's Khushal Public School two years ago, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for insisting that girls as well as boys have the right to an education.

Surviving several operations with the help of British medical care, she continued both her activism and her studies. Appropriately, Malala was at school in the central English city of Birmingham at the time of the Nobel announcement and is expected to make a statement later today.

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