Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai has won an EU Human Rights Prize.16-year-old Malala survived a Taliban attack. Shot in the head her chances of making a full recovery were slim but Malala defied the odds and came out on top. Thursday she wins the EU's Sakharov human rights prize.
What is the EU's annual Sakharov human rights prize?
It is a prize awarded by the European Parliament in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov and worth a whopping 50,000 euro ($65,000).
Edward Snowden, also in the news Thursday as his father Lon arrives in Russia for a visit, was a top contender for the prize. He was never going to win though was he?
Malala is also one of the favourites to win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Friday. As the Telegraph reports: "There are 259 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 and 50 of these are organisations. The names of the nominees and who nominated them are kept secret for 50 years according to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation".
However there are claims that the contenders include:
Malala and her family are living in England. Malala received vital medical treatment at a Birmingham, UK, hospital after she was shot. She looks to be doing great now.
This week could be a bumper week for Malala as far as publicity and awards go. Good luck Malala.