it's time now for "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. a pakistani teenager shot in the head by a taliban for advocating education for girls fought her way back to health. she held on to her belief that every child has the right to an a education. and now she's defied the terrorists by taking her message to the united nations. >> they thought that the bullet would silence us. but they failed. weakness, fear and hopelessness
died. strength, power and courage was born. >> malala yousafzai spoke on her 16th birthday. she called on leaders to defend the rights of women and children and she urged them to give girls and boys the same chances to go to school. >> one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. >> malala went to britain for treatment and now goes to school there. islamic militants continue to attack schools in pakistan. but malala's story is causing more citizens to call for ecall education for girls and boys. teenage girls in pakistan took their call for education to their country's government leaders. >> we firmly believe that education is the most effective
solution to poverty. we cannot afford not to educate the future generation of our planet because education is a smart investment. >> the girls urged leaders to increase their financial help for children who want to go to school. of. united nations leaders aim to have every child in the world attend school by 2015, but officials with the u.n. education and cultural agency unesco say 57 million children are not able to attend primary school. a unesco report says most of the children who can't go to primary school live in asia and africa. it says about half of them live in countries affected by conflict and just over half are girls. the most high profile american fugitive has shown his face for the first time in weeks and revealed his plans. former u.s. intelligence contractor edward snowden met representatives of international human rights groups at an
airport in moscow. he told them he plans to request asylum in russia. snowden met with representatives of international human rights groups for about 40 minutes. members of the wikileaks group are helping snowden. they say he wants to travel to one of the latin american countries that have offered him asylum. they say he was to stay in russia for the time being because u.s. officials are pressing the latin americans not to take him. snowden exposed covert american surveillance programs. he's been holed up in a moscow airport since he arrived there on june 23rd from hong kong. earlier this month russian president vladimir putin hinted he'd give snowden asylum as long as he didn't harm the u.s. government or russia/u.s. relations. the rights group members who met with snowden say he won't harm the u.s. any more because he's already made public everything he wanted. they say snowden called on russian leaders to help him.
rescue workers are trying to find people who may be trapped in a train that derailed in a station near paris. the crash killed at least six people and injured more than 20. the train entered bretigny-sur-orge station at high speed. four carriages skid off the rails, some overturned. railway company spokesperson say the train was heading to the city of limoges in central france with about 380 passengers. they say the train was not scheduled to stop at the station where it derailed. french president francois hollande says six people are confirmed dead and more than 20 seriously hurt. rescue officials say some passengers may be trapped inside the train. officials at london's heathrow airport have reopened all their runways after closing them for an hour and a half. a boeing 787 dreamliner belonging to ethiopian airlines caught fire on the ground.
heathrow's spokespeople say the plane was at a remote parking stand. no passengers were on board. the company has dispatched staff to investigate. all 787 dreamliners were grounded in january because of battery defects. u.s. federal officials allowed them to start flying again in april. people in southern china are taking to the streets to oppose the construction of a nuclear facility. more than 1,000 people marched in a city to ask authorities to suspend the project. protesters gathered in front of the government office. city officials announced on july 3rd their intention to build a facility to process nuclear fuel about 30 kilometers from the
city center. they say the plant will be used to process uranium and produce nuclear fuel. >> translator: such a facility would affect not just the environment but also future generations. >> large scale protests against nuclear facilities are very rare in china. a man enraged by a dispute involving taxes threw fire bombs inside a city hall in western japan. at least five people were injured. the attack occurred where the man threw two fire bombs over the counter of a taxation department. about 600 people were inside the building at the time. the 63-year-old man was arrested just after the incident. police say he was arguing with an official. city authorities had confiscated his apartment because he failed
to pay his property tax. >> translator: this is very shocking. why did this happen? >> firefighters extinguished the blaze after about an hour. five people were taken to the hospital after inhaling smoke. executives at a power company in western japan have filed applications to restart their reactors. the units must pass stricter safety checks put in place in response to the 2011 accident at the fukushima nuclear plant. officials at kyushu electric power company applied with the nuclear regulation authority to restart two reactorses at the genkai plant. kyushu electric officials have estimated the highest possible tsunami from two to three meters but they say no new levee is needed because the facilities are 11 meters above sea level.
it brought the number of reactors under nra review to 12 at 6 plants across japan. nra experts are screening the applications to determine if the utilities have taken all necessary steps to ensure the safety of their plants. they say it will take at least six months to process each application in parallel with the new safety requirements, the utilities need to obtain the consent of local authorities before restarting a reactor. only two of the country's 50 commercial reactors remain online. here's the three-day world weather forecast.