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Malala Yousafzai attacked on social media over ‘photo of her wearing jeans and heels’

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Malala Yousafzai has been attacked on social media after an unverified picture was posted supposedly of her wearing jeans and heeled boots.

The 20-year-old, who started studying at Oxford University last week, faced criticism from people in her home country of Pakistan for adopting western dress and not being accompanied by her father.

The vitriol also provoked a wave of support for the Nobel Laureate, with some saying she is the”real future of Pakistan”.

 Malala came to global attention five years ago when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan for arguing publicly that girls should be allowed to attend school. 

She was flown to UK for treatment and later finished her studies in Birmingham before applying to Oxford. Since then Malala has become a leading advocate for women’s rights and addressed the UN on the issue of children’s right to education.

Her extraordinary story was recognised in 2014 when she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Last week she started attending Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and tweeted a picture of her books saying: “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford”.

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Great British Bake Off fans heartbroken at the latest departure from the tent 

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He said the experience had been “mad stressful” but admitted he would “do it all again”, especially since watching the pre-recorded show on television.

“I go through the exact emotions watching it that I went through in the tent as it was happening, it’s weird to relive it,” he said.

“When I got the Hollywood Handshake it was like virtual reality when I saw it on screen, I felt the same elation that I felt in the tent.”

Free to contemplate the future now he has left the tent, he added: “But in an ideal world I would love to combine drama and baking together, and over the next year I want to decide what I want to do.”

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Australian radio star volunteers to take pay cut after finding out he earns 40 per cent more than female co-star

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A popular radio personality in Australia volunteered to take a pay cut to ensure he and his female co-host received equal wages. Dave Hughes, a well-known comedian and presenter of a national drive show, found out that he was receiving about 40 per cent more than his co-host Kate Langbroek after she raised it with him on-air.

“I had no idea what we get paid, now I feel terrible,” he responded.

She replied: “You don’t need to feel terrible. It wasn’t your fault that you were born with two oranges in a string bag.”

Langbroek reportedly discussed the issue in 2016 with the management of their broadcaster, KIIS FM, which agreed to pay her as much as her co-star.

However, Hughes had already locked in a pay increase for 2017. When he learnt of the disparity, he reportedly went to management and offered to have his salary reduced to ensure their pay was equal.

The pair plan to move to a new radio station next year and have ensured their pay will be equal.

“When we go to our new job, we get pay parity. And we’re on parity now,” Langbroek said.

Hughes responded: “And I couldn’t be happier, obviously. You deserve it.”

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Watch: Portugal wildfire rages near children playing games in Marinha Grande 

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Rain and lower temperatures on Tuesday were helping emergency teams in Portugal fight the forest fires that killed at least 36 people people over the weekend.

Civil Protection authorities said the wildfires in Portugal were under control by Tuesday morning.

Mobile phone footage filmed on Sunday showed smoke billowing from a wildfire in Marinha Grande, as children carried on their games in a nearby playground, apparently unfazed by the plumes.

Portugal, which still has seven people missing in the blazes, began three days of national mourning on Tuesday.

 

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Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

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In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.”

The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel.

“Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said.

“He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.”

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Kenyan election official quits, saying election not ‘credible’ 

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“It is not too late to save our country from this crisis. We need just a few men and women of integrity to stand up and say that we cannot proceed with the election… as currently planned,” she wrote.

Ms Akombe, who took a break from a job at the United Nations to serve as an election commissioner, had become a familiar face on television programmes explaining the election process to Kenyans.

Her resignation is likely to further stoke anxiety that has been mounting in the run up to the election.

Mistakes ‘likely to be repeated’ 

After the August 8 vote, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga quickly cried foul over the counting process, accusing election officials of rigging the vote in Kenyatta’s favour.

His victory in getting the Supreme Court to overturn the result was a shock to many, and hailed as a sign of the country’s maturing democracy and institutions.

However the decision has been followed by acrimony, legal battles and confusion over how to carry out a new election that is credible, in the constitutionally mandated 60-day period.

Mr Odinga last week announced he was withdrawing from the race, arguing the move would legally force the IEBC to begin the whole process from scratch, which would allow more time for deep reforms.

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Police hunting serial sex attacker targeting schoolgirls in south east London

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Police are hunting a serial sex attacker in south east London, who has been targeting young girls as they make their way to and from school.

The suspect has struck against nine victims, seven of them children in a matter of weeks.

The attacks took place either early in the morning, or in the afternoon, and all took place in south east London.

Three of the victims were 11-years-old, four were 13, while the remaining two were 25 and 27.

In each of the cases the attacker approached the victims and touched them sexually before escaping on foot.

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Britain’s £20bn Brexit divorce bill offer is ‘peanuts’, says European Parliament president

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Speaking to BBC’s Newsnight, he said: “We need our money back, as Mrs Thatcher said 30 or 40 years ago. This is important for us.

“We need not one euro more, not one euro less.”

The figure of around £18 billion (20 billion euro) that Mrs May was offering is “peanuts”, he said, with “the real situation” being a sum of around £45- £53 billion (50-60 billion euro).

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New Zealand library solves mystery of missing books  

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A New Zealand library has finally solved the mystery of why some books were going missing from its shelves.

Auckland Libraries staff were bewildered after finding some books were being hidden in random places.

They initially thought kids playing pranks were to blame, but later discovered it was the city’s rough sleepers who were actually stashing the books so they could return the next day to continue reading.

“A lot of our street community were wanting to put them underneath the couches or underneath book shelves and kind of hiding them in various places,” librarian Sean Taylor told TV NZ.

“Anywhere they thought was theirs and they can keep it there.

“And for a librarian it’s really weird, we’re like ‘oh what’s this book doing here?’ and we’ve put it back.”

Staff found out some of  city’s homeless population were hiding the books, explaining without a permanent address they were unable to sign up for a library card that would allow them to take the literature away.    

As a solution, Auckland Library created a new section where books can now be left overnight and picked back up again the next morning.

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Universal Credit helpline charges will be scrapped, David Gauke announces 

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His announcement was welcomed by Conservative MP Heidi Allen – a member of the cross-party committee and a leading critic of the 55p charge – as “really, really great news”.

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “The increase in the number of people on Universal Credit is worrying given the Government’s chaotic handling of its roll out.

“The Conservatives have finally listened to Labour and scrapped the premium phone helpline for claimants, now they need to listen to the calls of charities and councils and back Labour’s motion today to immediately pause and fix the roll out of Universal Credit, before more people are pushed into rent arrears, poverty and homelessness.”

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