Malala nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after Pakistani schoolgirl was shot in head on bus by Taliban


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Taliban shooting victim Malala, 15, nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for 'commitment so threatening to the extremists they tried to kill her'The youngest winner ever is 31 and only 15 women have won the prize Schoolgirl was shot in head on bus in Pakistan after criticising extremistsNominated for courageously speaking out for girls' rights to educationThe teenager is recovering from the shooting in a UK hospital By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 23:46 GMT, 2 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:45 GMT, 3 February 2013 The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban after publicly criticising them has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Middle-aged women now drink even more than their daughters


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Middle-aged women now drink even more than their daughters as doctors warn NHS is swamped by 'silent alcohol epidemic' Over 45s drink the most out of any female age group, shock figures revealMany professional women said to be 'drinking to forget' unhappy livesThey are knocking back more than nine units a week on average | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 30 December 2012 Middle-aged professional women are consuming more alcohol than teenage drinkers for the first time, official figures show. They reveal that those over 45 drink more than any other age group, putting their health at risk. At the same time, experts have warned that older women are becoming the biggest burden on the NHS because of alcohol-related conditions, including stroke, liver disease and cancer

Rachel Johnson: Forget the sympathy and counselling. Just lock up my burglar!


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Forget the sympathy and counselling. Just lock up my burglar! | UPDATED: 00:03 GMT, 23 December 2012 The last time I wrote about a crime in the family – after my younger son was relieved of his BlackBerry in London’s Holland Park in broad daylight – a certain local politician complained of me putting it about that the capital’s streets were in the grip of a ‘middle-class mugging epidemic’ ahead of an important election.

Teenagers riot over Instagram sex rumours: Swedish students go berserk at police outside Plusgymnasiet high school in Gothenburg after hundreds of…


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Teenagers riot over Instagram sex rumours: Swedish students ‘go berserk’ at police after hundreds of ‘slut’ photos posted online 17-year-old female student allegedly behind 'slut' Instagram postings Hundreds of students protest outside her school and later in shopping mall | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 18 December 2012 Riots broke out at a high school in Sweden today after a female student allegedly named and posted pictures of local 13 and 14-year-old girls, calling them 'sluts'. Running battles were fought with police as students gathered outside Plusgymnasiet high school in Gothenburg where the accused student is believed to study.

Summer North: Cleveland schoolgirl has her Christmas wish granted when she is reunited with her father


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Santa strikes early: Schoolgirl, 4, visiting grotto sees her wish come true as returning soldier father miraculously appears All Summer North wanted for Christmas was to see her soldier father Corporal Darren North, 27, surprised her as she visited Santa's grotto | UPDATED: 19:23 GMT, 17 December 2012 A schoolgirl who wished for her soldier father to come home for Christmas saw her dream come true when he surprised her at Santa's grotto. Summer North, four, told Father Christmas she missed her father Darren, who has been serving with the 2 Yorkshire Regiment in Cyprus since October. Santa then asked her 'Who is this' and Corporal North, 27, walked into the grotto to the astonishment of his elder daughter, who flew into his arms.

Royal succession: Ladies of the aristocracy want equality alongside royals


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Daughters of the gentry call for equal rights to inherit titles following change to royal succession lawNew law of royal succession would see the royal baby become third in line to the throne regardless of sexCurrent rules see younger brothers inherit titles ahead of older sisters Traditions mean a title will die out rather than be passed to a woman | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 17 December 2012 The proposed law changes to ensure that a daughter born to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge can succeed to the throne, should apply to titles as well, daughters of the aristocracy have said. The current tradition follows the previous royal succession law which sees a male heir inherit over a female. Now daughters of the gentry are calling for a equal rights to inherit titles as the new law would leave the aristocracy ‘two steps behind’ the royal family

Jessica Ennis hailed as "the face of today"s Britain" as census figures reveal mixed-race rise


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Britain's mixed race population leaps over one million as research reveals prejudices have sharply dropped Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis hailed as 'face of the census' according to think-tank director Her father Vinnie is from Jamaica and her mother Alison is from DerbyshireCensus expected to reveal at least 1m people born to mixed race parentsOnly 42% of people in survey could correctly identify Ennis as mixed race Women more comfortable with mixed race marriages than men by 66 to 58% | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 10 December 2012 The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16s. Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships. But academics believe the true figure could be more than double this, because many of mixed-race are believed to define themselves as a single race on official forms.

A child to make royal history: The first addition to a new line of succession which will govern the Crown for evermore


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A child to make royal history: The first addition to a new line of succession which will govern the Crown for evermore | UPDATED: 22:50 GMT, 3 December 2012 While the world – and especially the bookies – enjoy the traditional speculation over the sex and name of any impending royal arrival, the future third in line to the throne has already made royal and constitutional history.

Mother of youngest British soldier killed in Afghanistan has gone on hunger strike after her benefits were axed because of his death


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Mother of youngest British soldier killed in Afghanistan has gone on hunger strike after her benefits were axed because of his deathLucy Aldridge wanted to fulfil son William's wish that his death-in-service payout would be used as a trust fund for his younger brothersSon William, 18, was killed by a roadside bomb in a Taliban ambush in 2009 Because the payout was paid into a deceased estate, not a trust fund, the Government ruled she was financially secureNow she has had to use money on everyday living expenses, instead of saving it to secure her two son's futures | UPDATED: 18:42 GMT, 29 November 2012 Lucy Aldridge has gone on hunger strike The mother of the youngest British soldier killed in Afghanistan has gone on hunger strike after the Government axed her benefits as a result of his death. Disabled Lucy Aldridge, 44, lost 300-a-week when her housing and council tax benefit, along with income support were stopped after her son William was blown up in a Taliban ambush in July 2009. Before his death, selfless William had instructed his mum to use any insurance money to be used to bring up his younger brothers George, nine, and Archie, seven