"Malala's crusade started years before the shooting, when she started writing a blog for the BBC about life in Pakistan's conservative Swat Valley. Her father, Ziauddin, continued to operate a school there despite a Taliban edict that girls in the region are banned from getting an education," writes Kyle Almond for CNN.
In Pakistan, "around 5.4 million children of primary school age don't get an education, according to the latest statistics from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). There are an additional seven million adolescents out of school. And spending on education has been decreasing in recent years," writes Orla Guerin for BBC News.
Investment Talks 'Breakthrough' in U.S.-China Dialogue
China and the United States will negotiate an investment treaty (Bloomberg), U.S. treasury secretary Jack Lew announced Thursday, saying it "marks the first time China has agreed to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty, to include all sectors and stages of investment, with another country."
Al-Qaeda Attack on FSA Commander Opens New Syrian Front
Rivalries between Islamists and the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) came to a head after al-Qaeda assassinated a top FSA commander, which, rebels said Friday, was tantamount to an act of war (Daily Star).
In this CFR Interview, veteran diplomat Edward P. Djerejian discusses the U.S. role in Syria.
Many medical experts believe that Nelson Mandela is being sustained by equipment (NYT), an implication drawn from the government's opaque statements. If so, his family and doctors will be faced with the wrenching decision of how long to keep the ailing post-Apartheid leader alive—all under intense public scrutiny.
NIGERIA: The Nigerian army restored mobile phone service (BBC) in one of three states declared to be in a state of emergency. Service was blocked to prevent the militant group Boko Haram from organizing raids.
BOSNIA: A UN war crimes tribunal restored a genocide charge (CNN) faced by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, which, the court said, was improperly dismissed last June.
NSA Leaks to Overshadow Trade at MERCOSUR Summit
South American presidents, gathering in Uruguay's capital Friday, are expected to discuss revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance (WSJ), which several leaders have condemned. Regional trade disputes are highlighted on the official agenda; MERCOSUR was founded as a trade bloc but has turned increasingly political in recent years.