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BIRMINGHAM – Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for urging girls to attend school, has been released from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, reports ITV.

[rebelmouse-image 27086124 alt="""" original_size="580x326" expand=1]Malala Yousafzai Leaving Queen Elizabeth Hospital In Birmingham - Credit: NHS

The Pakistani schoolgirl activist was admited at the hospital in October following an attack on October 9 on her schoolbus in northwestern Pakistan. The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls' education, for "promoting secularism."

She suffered severe head and chest injuries after being shot by gunmen who assaulted her after stopping the vehicle. The teenager was flown to England and admitted to the QEHB on October 15 to receive specialist treatment.

The schoolgirl will continue rehabilitation at her family's temporary West Midlands home, reports BBC News.

She is due to undergo cranial reconstruction surgery in the coming weeks.


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In Shanghai, A Brewing Expat Exodus As COVID Crackdown Shows "Real" China

Not only strict rules of freedom of movement as part of Zero-COVID policy but also an increase in censorship has raised many questions for the expat population in the megacity of 26 million that had long enjoyed a kind of special status in China as a place of freedom and openness. A recent survey of foreigners in the Chinese megacity found that 48% of respondents said they would leave Shanghai within the next year.

People walk in Tianzifang, located in Huangpu District, a well-known tourist attraction in Shanghai.

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SHANGHAI — On the seventh day of the lockdown, Félix, a French expat who has worked in Shanghai for four years, texted his boss: I want to "run,' mais je sais pas quand (but I don’t know when). A minute later, he received a reply: moi aussi (me too).

Félix had recently learned the new Mandarin word 润 (run) from social network postings of his local friends. Because its pinyin “rùn” is the same as the English word “run,” Chinese youth had begun to use it to express their wish to escape reality, either to “be freed from mundane life”, or to “run toward your future.”

For foreigners like Félix, by associating the expression “run” with the feeling of the current lockdown in Shanghai, “everything makes sense.” Félix recalled how at the end of March, the government denied rumors of an impending lockdown: “My Chinese colleagues all said, Shanghai is China’s top city, there would be no lockdown no matter what.”

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