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Pakistani girl shot by Taliban honored at Harvard

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Sept. 27, 2013: Malala Yousafzai addresses students and faculty after receiving the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard University on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. (AP)

A Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban is being honored as Harvard University's humanitarian of the year.

Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye) is an outspoken proponent for girls' education. She was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust says she was pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.

The 16-year-old Malala says she's hoping to become a politician because politicians can have influence on a broad scale. She spoke nostalgically about her home region, the Swat Valley. She says she hopes to return someday.

Malala was shot in the head last October. Militants say she was attacked because she was critical of the Taliban, not because of her views on education.

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