Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Out of British Hospital
The Pakistani schoolgirl hailed around the world for her efforts to stand up against the Taliban is out of the hospital.
Video released Friday by Britain's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham shows 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai holding hands with one of the nurses and waving to hospital staff as she was discharged Thursday.
Malala was shot by Taliban gunmen in October as she returned home from school in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley. But the British hospital's medical director, Dave Rosser, says she has recovered sufficiently that she will benefit from being at home.
Home, for now, will be in central England.
Pakistan's ambassador to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, says officials are taking every precaution.
Malala's next surgery will be to repair damage done to her skull by the bullets.
Mali Islamist Group 'Suspends' Ceasefire
A Malian militant group has suspended a ceasefire with the government, saying officials are gearing up for war.
In a statement posted to its website, Islamist group Ansar Dine says it was willing to hold talks but says Mali's government has not shown "the least bit of sincere will for peace and negotiation."
The group accuses the government of buying arms, recruiting fighters, and mobilizing militias.
An Ansar Dine spokesman, Sanda Ould Boumama, confirmed the statement's authenticity to VOA.
Ansar Dine and the Tuareg separatist group MNLA agreed to a ceasefire with the government on December 21st.
The truce came a day after the U.N. Security Council approved a West African plan to deploy troops to Mali, with the goal of retaking the north from Ansar Dine and two other Islamist groups.
The two other groups -- the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa and al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb -- have shunned negotiations taking place in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.