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Girl shot by Taliban undergoes 2 operations

By Sylvia Hui

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Feb. 3 2013 11:16 p.m. MST

Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, reads a book in a London hospital.

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LONDON — A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban is in stable condition after undergoing two successful operations to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing, the British hospital treating her said Sunday.

Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said doctors for 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was targeted for advocating girls' education, were "very pleased" with her progress after five hours of skull reconstruction and ear surgery on Saturday.

"She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family," the hospital said in a statement, adding that she would continue to recover in the hospital until she is well enough to be discharged.

The teenager drew the world's attention when she was shot by Taliban militants on Oct. 9 on her way home on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan. The Islamist group said they targeted her because she promoted girls' education and "Western thinking" and criticized the militant group's behavior when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.

The shooting sparked outrage in Pakistan and around the world, and her story has captured global attention for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan. In a sign of her reach, the teen made the shortlist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2012.

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