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The recent shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai shocked the world and put a spotlight on the fate of children in one of the world's most dangerous places to go to school. But Thailand's three southern border provinces also make it onto that list of places where students and teachers each day fear turning up for school.

HOMS, Syria — For more than 24 hours, President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers fought their way through this city, bleary-eyed men, worn down by months of combat. Afraid to go into the streets, where snipers pick their targets, the government men snaked their way through “mouse holes” punched in walls of blown-out buildings. Their goal was to retake one building, just one, a former school controlled by the rebel Free Syrian Army.

A second teenage girl has been threatened with assassination in Pakistan following the Taliban's failed attempt to murder Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism, earlier this month.

Hina Khan has been subjected to a series of chilling warnings and her family have appealed to the government for protection.

Suspected members of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party have stepped up their campaign of attacking schools in Turkey's southeast.

Revise Bill to Prosecute Recruiters of Children, Not Parents

Manila, October 16, 2012) – The Philippines Senate should remove a provision in a draft law that allows for the prosecution of the parents of children recruited to be soldiers, Child Soldiers International and Human Rights Watch said today.

Insurgent Attacks on Civilians Spread Fear in Southern Provinces

Armed separatist groups in Thailand’s southern border provinces have renewed attacks on teachers and schools in a campaign of terror that has heightened fear among the population, Human Rights Watch said today.

October 10, 2012 - President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Anwarulhaq Sahibzada, Principal of Nogarkhail High School in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.

Suspected members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) have attacked a high school in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir, leaving two teachers and a student injured.

At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict condemns in the harshest terms the targeted attack by Taliban gunmen on Pakistani schoolgirls in the Swat Valley, northwest of Islamabad.