Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousafzai speaks during a news conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, celebrating International Day of the Girl in Washington

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A year ago, Malala Yousafzai was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in northwest Pakistan, thinking about calculus and chemistry, Justin Bieber songs and "Twilight" movies.

Today she's the world-famous survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, an activist for girls' education — and a contender to win the Nobel Peace Prize later this week. (Associated Press)

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