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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai wins top EU human rights Sakharov Prize

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In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 photo, Pakistani girls gather under a poster of Malala Yousufzai in her old school in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. The giant poster of her that once emblazoned the wall of the assembly hall has been removed. The school made no plans to recognize the anniversary of Malala's shooting by Taliban, teachers and students are afraid. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)The Associated Press

European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year.

The European Parliament announced Thursday that 16-year-old Malala won the 50,000 euro ($65,000) Sakharov Award. U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and a group of imprisoned Belarus dissidents were also in the running.

The prize is considered the Europe's top rights award. Previous winners include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.