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Thursday briefing: Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan nearly six years after she was brutally shot

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The activist and Nobel Prize winner made a tearful speech upon her return to her home country

Anna Freeman

29 Marzo 2018 12:21

Hello, this is Anna getting you up to speed before the Easter weekend.

Emotional return - Almost six years after an attack left her close to death, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan. 20-year-old Yousafzai gave a tearful speech on her return to her home country, where she is still under threat of violence. ‘I'm not very old but I've seen a lot,’ she said following a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, fighting back tears. ‘I couldn't control what happened, if it was my choice I wouldn't have left my country at all. I had no choice, I had to leave for my life.’

Near-miss in France - A driver is on the run after trying to ram a car into a group of soldiers training at a nearby barracks in south-eastern France. Soldiers of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment successfully avoided the oncoming vehicle in Varces-Allières-et-Risset, near Grenoble. Police are now searching for the man, who took off after the attack.

Disaster in Venezuela - Venezuelan citizens are reeling after a fire broke out at a police station in the city of Valencia, in Carabobo state, which has left 68 people dead, according to officials. The blaze reportedly started after prisoners set fire to mattresses in an attempt to break out on Wednesday. Police used tear gas to disperse relatives who surrounded the station after news of the fire broke. Chief state prosecutor Tarek Saab said an investigation would begin immediately.

Spy poisoning - London Metropolitan Police have said they believe former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter came into contact with a nerve agent at Sergei Skripal's home first, and police have identified the highest concentration of the nerve agent as being on his front door. The pair were poisoned on March 4 by what British police believe was a military-grade nerve agent originating in Russia. They are both currently in hospital and in critical condition, with chances of recovery reportedly ‘very slim’. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped on a bench in an outdoor shopping complex in Salisbury, England. The UK government blamed Russia, expelling a host of diplomats from London, and with other EU countries and the US following suit.

Thawing relations - North and South Korean leaders have agreed to hold a summit at a village bordering the two countries on 27 April. Senior officials met on Thursday to prepare for a rare inter-Korean summit, days after the North’s leader Kim Jong-un made his international debut with a surprise trip to China. Kim is due to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in late April at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, followed by historic talks with US President Donald Trump which could come as early as May.

No access - The famous beach in Thailand that was used in Danny Boyle’s film The Beach - starring Leonardo DiCaprio - will close to the public because of the large number of visitors it sees a day. Thailand's National Parks and Wildlife Department announced on Wednesday (28 March) that Maya Bay, situated on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all tourists for four months annually. The decision - which will be enacted in June - has been made so damaged coral reefs and sea life can recover.

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