Doctors in Peshawar, Pakistan, reported on Tuesday that a teenage activist, Malala Yousafzai, was in stable but critical condition after she was shot in the head and the neck by a pair of Taliban gunmen. Yousafzai, only 14 years old, is a prominent face of an anti-extremist movement that seeks equal education opportunities for girls, and the shooting has sparked outrage across Pakistan against the Taliban's violent brand of Islamic orthodoxy. However, the Taliban stood by its actions, with a spokesman condemning Yousafzai for "openly propagating" Western culture and treating U.S. President Obama as her "true leader."
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