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Malala Yousafzai And Kailash Satyarthi Win The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

They won "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

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Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai and Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi are the joint winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, it has been announced.

BREAKING NEWS: The #nobelprize2014 in Peace is awarded to Indian Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani Malala Yousafzay

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BREAKING NEWS: The #nobelprize2014 in Peace is awarded to Indian Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani Malala Yousafzay

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The pair were given the honor by the Nobel committee "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

Malala — a teenage education activist who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on a school bus in 2012 — becomes the youngest recipient in the prize's history.

The pair will share prize money of 8 million kronor, or $1.11 million.

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A statement from the Nobel committee said: "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.

"This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education."

Malala tweeted this in reaction her win:

Thank You all Support And Love...! #Nobelpeaceprize #StayBless

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Thank You all Support And Love...!
#Nobelpeaceprize
#StayBless

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In her acceptance speech, she said, "I felt really honored."

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I felt more powerful and more courageous because this award is not just a piece of metal...this is really an encouragement for me going forward and to believe in myself, to know that there are people who are supporting me in this campaign. And we are standing together to make sure that every child gets a quality education.

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A press release said she intends to make a full statement after she finishes her school day.

My favorite press release ever: "Malala will make her first statement on winning the Nobel Peace Prize after school."

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My favorite press release ever: "Malala will make her first statement on winning the Nobel Peace Prize after school."

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We waited. We did not give Malala the Noble Peace Prize last year. The committee took its time. We have seen her in action throughout the world. The committee has been remarkably impressed how she has been able, despite her young age, to speak and have a tremendous impact ... people are incredibly moved by Malala. So we took our time but we are very optimistic that this will work out well. Of course, its true, she's a girl, she's 17-years-old and this will dramatically change her life and we hope for the better.

The Nobel committee said Kailash Satyathi's work — which focuses on preventing child labor — had followed in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi.

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"Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain," the Nobel committee said in a statement.

"He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights."

The Nobel committee also remarked on the significance of rewarding the prize to both a Pakistani and an Indian, as they "join in a common struggle for education and against extremism."

In an interview with the Nobel Prize's website, Satyarthi said it was a “great honour,” and a "great moment for all those children" forced to work through their childhoods.

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Leaders and dignitaries from around the world have tweeted their congratulations to the pair:

Congratulations to Shri Kailash Satyarthi on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The entire nation is proud of his momentous achievement.

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Congratulations to Shri Kailash Satyarthi on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The entire nation is proud of his momentous achievement.

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Malala Yousafzai's life is a journey of immense grit & courage. I congratulate her on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Malala Yousafzai's life is a journey of immense grit & courage. I congratulate her on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

12:55 PM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. Congratulations Malala & @k_satyarthi. KA #nobelprize2014

Kofi Annan @KofiAnnanFollow

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. Congratulations Malala & @k_satyarthi. KA #nobelprize2014

11:15 AM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Le président @fhollande salue le choix de drner le prix Nobel de la paix à Malala Yousafzai et @k_Satyarthi

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Le président @fhollande salue le choix de d?rner le prix Nobel de la paix à Malala Yousafzai et @k_Satyarthi

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Fantastic news, @Malala and @kailashsatyarth rightly honoured for their inspirational work #nobelprize2014

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Fantastic news, @Malala and @kailashsatyarth rightly honoured for their inspirational work #nobelprize2014

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Ban Ki-moon on #nobelprize2014: Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi are 2 of world’s greatest champions for children http://t.co/WePYjWWaYo

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Ban Ki-moon on #nobelprize2014: Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi are 2 of world’s greatest champions for children http://t.co/WePYjWWaYo

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"One child, one teacher, one book & one pen can change the world." Malala Yousafzai at the @UN: http://t.co/P2yr5QnCIy #nobelprize2014

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"One child, one teacher, one book & one pen can change the world." Malala Yousafzai at the @UN: http://t.co/P2yr5QnCIy #nobelprize2014

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Want 2 congratulate Malala on Nobel Peace Prize. Proud as Pakistani 4 her Nobel prize, esp 4 cause of Education which must b r nat priority.

Imran Khan@ImranKhanPTIFollow

Want 2 congratulate Malala on Nobel Peace Prize. Proud as Pakistani 4 her Nobel prize, esp 4 cause of Education which must b r nat priority.

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In 2009, The New York Times's Adam Ellick profiled Malala Yousafzai in this video:

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