Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai just wanted to go to school.
But the Taliban warned her against it and, because she refused to be intimidated, shot her in the head and nearly killed her on her school bus.
Miraculously, Yousafzai survived the assassination attempt.
Now, she shares her message for girls education with the world in a town hall with CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour in New York City Thursday night.
“The thing is, they can kill me, they can only kill Malala. But it does not mean they can kill my cause as well. My cause of education, my cause of peace and my cause of human rights. My cause of equality will still be surviving. They cannot kill my cause,” she says.
“I think she's a prodigy,” Amanpour says. “Because she speaks like an adult, yet she does have that child-like nature of this optimism, this hope, this idealism."
The inspiring youth’s father, who was on stage with her last night, describes his daughter as having a defiance based on a refusal to live in slavery.
“He's one of her biggest champions,” Amanpour says. “He was so besotted by his daughter. And he is a rare bird, too, a free and progressive thinker in a place where you wouldn't necessarily think that was the case. And he put all of that on his daughter.”
Amanpour says both Yousafzai and her father are “living proof of the desire to get educated, to not be forced into an early marriage,” as is common in some parts of Pakistan.
Despite what she has overcome, Yousafzai considers her survival a miracle and is determined to continue fighting for her cause, eventually as Prime Minister of her country. (WATCH VIDEO)
“Because through politics I can serve my whole country,” she says. “I can be the doctor of the whole country, and I can help children to get education, to go to school. I can improve the quality of education, and I can spend much of the money from the budget on education.”
“She’s really adored in her home country,” Amanpour says, “by a certain huge portion, but hated by another portion who are either jealous of her or the Taliban, who do not want to see a girl behaving like that and getting that kind of limelight or even going to school. And that's where her battle is and that’s where the battle for all Pakistani young girls right now in certain parts of the country still remains.”
Yousafzai reveals more details about herself in the full interview. Be sure to tune in to CNN on Sunday, October 13 at 7 p.m. ET and see why Malala Yousafzai is “The Bravest Girl in the World.”
The death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was awful enough for his parents. Then came the doubts about investigators' conclusion that it was an accident.
But the discovery that their son's body and skull had been stuffed with newspaper before burial added a horrific new dimension to their anguish and further fueled their skepticism of the official findings.
"We have been let down again," his father, Kenneth Johnson, told CNN. "When we buried Kendrick, we thought we were burying Kendrick, not half of Kendrick."
Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym at Lowndes County High School in January. State medical examiners concluded that the three-sport athlete suffocated after getting stuck in a rolled-up gym mat while reaching for a sneaker.
CNN's Sunny Hostin joined "New Day" Friday to speak about the case. "I'll tell you something isn't right here, it doesn't make sense," she said.
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Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) tells “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that the White House “cannot ignore” issues such as Obamacare and the debt, and Congress could come to an agreement over the shutdown and the debt ceiling today or “it could take days.”
“We have other issues that have to be dealt with that are much larger. The country’s facing huge debt in the days ahead that has to be resolved,” Rep. Lankford says. “But we also have constituents that are being hurt by Obamacare. That are facing higher premiums…. Their businesses are cutting back. That they’re going from full time to part time. There are very real issues there that the White House cannot ignore.”
On Thursday night, "Glee" bid farewell to a beloved actor and character, HLN's AJ Hammer reports.
The series ran its tribute episode titled "The Quarterback" in honor of actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the hit Fox show. Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room in July.His death was ruled accidental due to "mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol" according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.
The memorial episode had been eagerly awaited by fans desiring to see how the storyline would be crafted to deal with the loss of one of the show's central characters. Thursday night's show picked up three weeks after the funeral of Finn with no information as to how the character died.
Viewers watched as the entire McKinley High School grappled with his loss - including the character of Finn's love, Rachel Berry, played by Monteith's real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele. "He was my person," Michele's character, Rachel, cried during the show.