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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Both are globally recognized icons, yet their areas of expertise are seemingly worlds apart.

One is Tim Cook, the tireless and philanthropic chief executive officer of Apple Inc.; the other is Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate activist who fights for -- and puts her life on the line for -- girls' education around the world. The unlikely pair came together on a recent January afternoon in downtown Beirut to announce a shared vision.

They were collaborating to make quality education available for girls and young women wherever they live in the world. Together, they say they will significantly expand the work already being done by Malala’s efforts to support girls’ education and advocate for equal opportunity, especially targeting the 130 million girls in the world who have no access to quality education.

They don’t yet know exactly how they will accomplish this enormous feat, but they say they’re dedicated to finding the answer.

"We are committing resources, and we are committing money and technology,” Cook told ABC News. “130 million girls is a lot of folks around the world and so this is a bold ambition. This is exactly what Apple loves to work on and is something that everybody is saying is impossible.”
Apple and Malala Fund announced Tuesday that they will partner to champion "every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Through the partnership, Apple is hoping to double the number of grants awarded to Malala's Fund and extend programs to India and Latin America.

The goal is to extend secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.

Cook and Malala met just three months ago while Cook was on a business trip to England, where Malala is a student at the prestigious Oxford University. Yet, that initial encounter provided a spark they both hope will now lead to even greater accomplishments.

“We started talking and it became so clear that the values we share were so aligned. It was then a matter of what to do together not a matter of whether,” Cook told ABC News.

Malala has been advocating for girls' education for years. Before she was even a teenager, Malala began speaking out about life under the Taliban in her native Swat Valley, Pakistan. In retaliation, gunmen tried to murder her with a shot to the head. It was an ordeal that she barely survived but one that taught her to cherish her courage and to stand up for her beliefs.

“That's just the way that I decided to live my life”’ Malala told ABC News. “When you go through such hardships in your life, you start building up resilience; you start building up this courage.”

When asked to describe Malala, the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Cook’s eyes lit up.

“She has a rare trait of courage with a big C”, he said. “My heroes in life were people with enormous courage, who were willing to do everything, including risk their lives, for their cause and purpose. She has done this at a very young age and it's just amazing."

In parts of the world where the cards are stacked against young girls trying to make a better future for themselves, Malala is viewed with awe. When a small group of Syrian refugee girls came face to face with her that morning in Beirut, more than one of them burst into tears, to be comforted by hugs and soothing words from their hero.

“I don't see myself as a celebrity like a singer or any star,” Malala said. “I am just a campaigner for girls’ education. But I am really grateful and thankful to them for their support; they agree with me that education is their basic human right and they should have this right.”

Sitting down to a roundtable discussion with the group of girls who had fled the war in Syria, Malala said she was encouraged.

“Some say they want to become doctors and teachers and engineers and artists and musicians,” she said. “Once you hear that you say, they deserve this future. And this future is only possible through education.”

Many obstacles stand in the way of the kind of education that can elevate a young girl out of a life of poverty. During their discussion, one of the girls admitted her father demanded she drop out of school.

“He just wants me to stay at home,” she said through an Arabic interpreter. “He believes a woman’s place is in the home.”

For Malala, it’s a story she has heard many times before.

“Girls have pressure from their families, from their societies and so many obstacles in their fight for the kind of education that is taken for granted in many Western countries," Malala said. "And these girls are fighting for it, each and every day.”

Her solution was to offer whatever help she could to smooth things over with the girls’ family.

"I will definitely talk to your father but also you must say no. OK?" she told the girl. "You must always say no and never say yes. Don't be afraid.”

Another girl talked about how she hopes to become an architect, saying she chose this profession on the same day she fled Syria, hoping to return one day and help rebuild. She then broke down in tears.

Malala walked up to her, embraced her and whispered: “Stay strong.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Furloughed federal employees in Washington wishing to drown their sorrrows may do so at a discount for the duration of the government shutdown.

Once Friday's midnight deadline came and went without a deal to avert a shutdown, a slew of bars and restaurants in the nation's capital began courting civil servants.

Capitol Lounge, a popular after-work haunt for Hill staffers, tweeted its newly-minted "Shutdown Cocktails" menu, consisting of $5 cocktails for patrons with a federal employee ID.

"I'm not expressing any political opinion here, but I am thankful I did get a drink special tonight," a federal worker who doesn’t want to be identified told ABC affiliate WJLA at Capitol Lounge.

The libations at Capitol Lounge include the "C'mon Chuck," a nod to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. There's also a vodka martini in honor of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., called "To Flake or not to Flake?" Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky also gets an honorable mention with "Rand's Neighborhood Affair," a cocktail consisting of champagne, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and grass clippings. And Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is being honored with the "Durbin Soda," consisting of Kentucky Dale's bourbon, soda and snitch sauce.

Iconic Italian restaurant Carmine's, located in downtown Washington, has begun serving a "bittersweet beverage" called the "Hard Times Cocktail" for $12. It consists of Campari, bourbon, orange juice and thyme-infused simple syrup.

Any federal employee who orders a Happy Hour food item will get an extra jumbo meatball, the restaurant said.

"They can #shutdown the #government but they can’t shutdown your fun," Carmine's tweeted. "Federal Workers get All Day #HappyHour as Long as the shutdown continues."

At the Queen Vic, an English pub on H Street, draft beers are being discounted 30 percent for the duration of the shutdown for federal employees." Come scream at the tv and drown your sorrows!" the watering hole tweeted.

Granville Moore's, a gastropub on H Street, is also offering a 30 percent discount to federal workers. "The government's closed, but don't worry federal workers, we'll make this a little easier on you," the watering hole tweeted.

Another H Street establishment, weekend brunch hotspot The Pug, tweeted that it is extending its 30 percent discount for first responders and teachers to federal employees.

Hank's Cocktail Bar said federal employees are eligible for Happy Hour food and drinks all day long, as well as $9 hot toddies. "Let’s turn this shutdown around! Enjoy HAPPY HOUR FOOD & DRINK, and $9 HOT TODDIES ALL DAY when you show your Government ID," the Petworth neighborhood haunt tweeted.

In the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Union Pub, is offering $4 rail cocktails and shots to all customers for the duration of the shutdown.

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Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coca-Cola is pledging to recycle a used can or bottle for each one sold by 2030.

This approach is part of what the company called a "global goal" to reduce waste. Coca-Cola said it plans to guide consumers through the recycling process with educational outreach, according to a statement. The company said it also aims to make bottles with an average of 50 percent recycled content by 2030.

“The world has a packaging problem -- and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it,” said James Quincey, president and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., which sells 500 brands of soda, juice and water.

“Bottles and cans shouldn’t harm our planet, and a litter-free world is possible,” Quincey said. “Companies like ours must be leaders. Consumers around the world care about our planet, and they want and expect companies to take action. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, and we invite others to join us on this critical journey.”

This comes after mounting pressure from consumers and other entities to reduce waste. Earlier this week, the European Union announced a strategy to make sure that all packaging is recyclable by 2030 and to curb single-use items such as bottles, according to Bloomberg.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before boarding a Delta Air Lines flight with a furry friend, passengers will now need documentation that support animals are healthy and well-behaved.

In the past, the airline has required a doctor's note from passengers who wish to bring an emotional support animal on board the aircraft with them.

But after a series of bizarre, and sometimes dangerous, incidents with animals in the cabin, passengers with an emotional support animal will need to bring proof of the animal's health and a signed document assuring the airline the animal is trained and aggressive.

"Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more," Delta said in a statement posted on its website. "Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs."

The move comes less than a year after a man was severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after officials say he was attacked by another passenger's emotional support dog just prior to takeoff.

“The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said John Laughter, Delta’s Senior Vice President — Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance.

The airline requires a veterinary health form to be submitted for trained service animals, which assist people with disabilities.

In addition to Friday's announcement on additional documentation, the Atlanta-based airline has created a dedicated Service Animal Support Desk to assist customers traveling with service and support animals.

Delta has seen an 84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, including urination, defecation and biting, according to a press release.

The Association of Flight Attendants also came out in support of Delta's action.

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ferlistockphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Meet Amena Khan.

She's the hijab-wearing Muslim woman turning heads in L’Oréal Paris' new hair campaign, Elvive.

And although she didn't begin wearing a hijab, or scarf, on her head until she was in her 20s, according to British Vogue, Khan said she's thrilled to part of the multimedia campaign.

Khan called it "a game changing new campaign!!!"

"So... lately I’ve had a complex relationship with my hair feeling lacklustre," she continued in a post on Instagram. "When I take off my scarf, I want my hair to be more radiant - don’t we all?"

Khan added that she's "so excited and incredibly proud to" be part of the campaign.

Khan said in an interview with British Vogue that she's not only excited to be part of the campaign, but is thrilled L’Oréal Paris thought to be more representative in their advertisements.

"I didn’t start wearing a headscarf until I was in my 20s, but even prior to that I didn’t see anyone I could relate to in the media," she said in the magazine.

The beauty and lifestyle influencer added, "I think seeing a campaign like this would have given me more of a sense of belonging. I trusted L’Oréal that they would communicate the message well. If the message is authentic and the voice behind it is authentic, you can’t deny what’s being said."

ABC News reached out to Khan and L’Oréal Paris for comment, but didn't immediately hear back.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA) --  In South Korea, more than 200,000 people have now signed a presidential petition imploring the government to reconsider a proposal to crack down on cryptocurrency -– an extraordinary public outcry and a clear sign that in South Korea, the failure of a virtual economy would have very real consequences.

South Koreans have good reason to fear any crack in the collective belief that keeps cryptocurrency values so high. In 2017, as cryptocurrencies started to take off, everyday Koreans jumped in with joyful abandon -- so much so that an estimated 20 percent of the world’s cryptocurrency transactions are now conducted in South Korea alone.

According to one study one-third of salaried Koreans had purchased virtual money and 80 percent profited from the investments with the average investor owning more than $5,000 in crypto. That’s a remarkable mass adoption of a new and untested investment vehicle, especially since cryptocurrency costs about 30 percent more on South Korean exchanges than on those used in the West.

Vicky Redwood of Capital Economics, a global economic research firm, says that cryptocurrencies are only popular because the prices keep climbing. “Cryptocurrencies are just a vehicle for speculation,” said Redwood. “They are not able to handle very large amounts of transactions, making them impractical as a widespread means of exchange. Most people are buying bitcoin simply because they expect it to go up in value further.”

In 2017, the year of skyrocketing values, many young South Koreans became obsessed. They were called bitcoin zombies -- too mesmerized by the tickers, charts and promises of digital wealth to take care of real world stuff -- like sleep. To government officials responsible for protecting people swept up in the crypto craze, South Korea’s “beautiful dream” started to feel like a looming nightmare. There were raids on cryptocurrency exchanges, and then last week Justice Minister Park Sang-ki threatened to ban trading altogether. Cryptocurrency markets are notoriously volatile, but because South Korean investors are so influential, Park’s buzzkill comments contributed to a global sell-off.

On Monday, the government issued a statement clarifying Park’s positions, saying "the proposed shutdown of exchanges that the justice minister recently mentioned is one of the measures suggested by the justice ministry to curb speculation,” reported Yonhap News, adding that “a government-wide decision will be made in the future after sufficient consultation and coordination of opinions.”

On Tuesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in cautioned his cabinet against voicing their personal views before the government has reached a position on cryptocurrency, but the damage was done.

At one point on Wednesday the price of a bitcoin had dropped to $9,833 on the Coinbase exchange, almost half its peak value in December.

On Thursday, the head of South Korea’s financial regulatory body said that the government “is considering both shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges or just the ones who have been violating the law,” according to Reuters.

The government’s more measured position appears to have re-assured the markets -– by mid-morning Thursday prices of bitcoin and other crypto currencies were back on the upswing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investigators with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office raided on Thursday the New York City offices of Newsweek Media Group, the parent company of Newsweek and International Business Times.

Newsweek said in a statement that a search of the company's computer servers was conducted "to obtain technical information about the servers. The company provided the DA's representatives with access to the computer servers on location to allow for a technical inspection within the law."

The media company said "no information regarding the company's content, stories, personnel, or sources was given and Newsweek Media Group has been assured by the DA's office that the investigation is not about content-related issues."

The media company said it will continue to cooperate with the DA's office "to the fullest extent," pursuant to its "expressed policy regarding law enforcement."

It is unclear what the DA's office is seeking in its investigation. The DA's office has not publicly commented on the search.

Newsweek Media Group is the new name of IBT Media, which rebranded last year under the magazine's name.

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bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Krispy Kreme is asking America to decide the flavor of its newest glazed doughnut that will be offered at participating shops around the country later this year.

Customers can vote for one of four choices -- blueberry, caramel, lemon and maple -- until the end of the vote on January 22. The doughnut chain will then "craft, taste and perfect" the winning flavor, releasing it for a full week this spring.

Krispy Kreme's Chief Marketing Officer Jackie Woodward pointed to fan reaction to a number of limited edition offerings from the past year -- green donuts for Saint Patrick's Day, chocolate glazed for the total eclipse, and warm gingerbread molasses glaze for the holidays.

Voting will take place at www.voteforglaze.com. Fans can vote once, and then promote the voting via social media. The winning flavor will be announced on January 25.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One day after a record close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Wall Street's major indices retreated slightly on Thursday.

The Dow dropped 97.94, losing about one-third of a percent and closing at 26,017.81.

The Nasdaq dipped 2.23 to a close of 7,296.05, while the S&P 500 ended the day at 2,798.03, 4.53 lower than its open.

Wells Fargo says it has corrected an issue that caused some customers to see their bank balance drop without warning. The bank says that an internal processing error caused some items to double post. Any fees caused by the error will be waived.

Amazon announced the 20 cities still in the running for its second headquarters. The list includes big cities like New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Larger than expected misses on revenue and profit sent aluminum producer Alcoa's stock falling. Shares of the company finished the day trading down seven percent.

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Amazon(SEATTLE) -- Amazon announced the twenty candidates still in the running for the company's second headquarters on Thursday, eliminating 218 proposals as it moves on to the next phase of the selection process.

Some of the country's biggest cities made the cut, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. But also included were Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Newark, New Jersey; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

"All the proposals showed enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy in a statement. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."

See the list of remaining cities below:

Atlanta, Ga.
Austin, Texas
Boston, Mass.
Chicago, Ill.
Columbus, Ohio
Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colo.
Indianapolis, Ind.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Miami, Fla.
Montgomery County, Md.
Nashville, Tenn.
Newark, N.J.
New York City, N.Y.
Northern Virginia, Va.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Raleigh, N.C.
Toronto, Canada
Washington, D.C.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why many U.S. companies, including Apple, have parked billions of dollars in profits overseas for years.

The high corporate tax rate in the U.S. encouraged companies to keep that money deployed elsewhere and "we thought this was never good for the United States because it motivates people to invest elsewhere instead of in the country," he said.

When asked whether Apple could potentially save tens of billions of dollars on taxes in the future, Cook was hesitant.

"No it's not tens of billions, we don't we don't make that much in the United States," he said. "But we will be paying less. And you know that's one reason why we can make these ongoing investments and invest over $350 billion in the United States."

Cook also said Wednesday the company will bring back the “vast majority” of the $250 billion Apple currently has in overseas holdings and invest the money in more U.S. facilities.

He told ABC News he has been advocating to repatriate the tech giant's overseas profits.

“We’ve always felt very comfortable with paying a lot in taxes. Just not a huge amount. And we like the repatriation agreement on the corporate tax side, and we’re going to bring the vast majority of it here,” he said.



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Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/ABCNews.com(BUTLER COUNTY, Pa.) -- A recently married gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit against printing company Vistaprint after allegedly receiving discriminatory flyers instead of their wedding programs.

According to the lawsuit, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg of Australia discovered the flyers when they went to open a package they had received from Vistaprint the night before their wedding in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Instead of the colorful blue and yellow programs they had ordered, there were about 80 flyers entitled “Understanding Temptation: Fight the good fight of the faith.”

Printed on the flyers were a number of statements the couple alleges were purposefully meant to threaten them as a direct result of their sexual orientation, including, “The supreme tempter is Satan who uses our weaknesses to lead us into sin. You must understand where temptations come from if you desire to change the way you live.”

Borg and Heasley say agents or employees of the Middlesex, Massachusetts, company intended to discriminate against them by choosing not to provide them with the same services as a straight couple.

Beyond the emotional damages, the couple says they paid Vistaprint $79.49 for 100 copies of their programs, and were forced to print their own programs just before their wedding, at an extra cost to them. Since they had already paid Vistaprint, they allege the company was in breach of contract.

In a letter to customers, the CEOs of Vistaprint and Cimpress -- Vistaprint's founder and owner -- Trynka Shineman and Robert Keane wrote, "On January 16th, we learned that a same sex couple who were married in Pennsylvania in September of last year ordered 100 custom wedding programs from Vistaprint and instead, received pamphlets that they felt were hurtful. To know that any customer could feel treated in such a way, especially during a time that should be filled with joy, is extremely disheartening."

"We have never been more disappointed to let a customer down,” they added.

According to the letter, a third party which fills Vistaprint orders sent Borg and Heasley an order meant for a different customer, though their investigation is ongoing.

Shineman and Keane also claim they have reached out to the couple to "express [their] sadness."

In a statement obtained by Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, Borg and Heasley said, "Our goal is to hold Vistaprint accountable for the harm they have caused, to give a voice to others who may have been similarly victimized, to help prevent this from happening to someone else and to send a message that there will be consequences for acts of hate perpetrated against others."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as a result of economic, mental and emotional distress.

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Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off the success of Nintendo's Switch console, the company announced Wednesday a new line of buildable toys that can be used in tandem with its Switch system.

Nintendo's Labo is a brand new line of do-it-yourself toys that play into the experience of playing some new or existing Nintendo games. Tech site Wired.com suggests a steering wheel, like for the Nintendo Wii's Mario Kart, or the gun used in the classic game Duck Hunt, as the type of accessories that could exist under the Labo line.

All of the Labo accessories, Nintendo says, will be made of cardboard.

Nintendo's website hints at the possibility of creating a cardboard piano, fishing pole or motorbike.

Each Labo item will be customizable, and Nintendo says, each customer can "dream up new ways to use your Toy-Con creations...and bring them to life."

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Patiwit/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INFINITI Motor Company announced Tuesday that it will transition to nearly all-electric powered vehicles by 2021.

Speakng at the Automotive News World Congress Tuesday, INFINITI CEO Hiroto Saikawa said the company plans to offer a mix of pure electric vehicles and vehicles powered by its proprietary e-Power technology within three years. The e-Power system is described as featuring "a small gasoline engine that charges a high-output battery."

That system, INFINITI says, eliminates "the need for an external charging source" and provides "the convenience of refueling with gasoline while offering the same driving experience as a pure EV."

INFINITI says it anticipates more than half of its global sales to be comprised of electric-powered vehicles by 2025.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Another new record on Wall Street as the Dow closed above 26,000 for the first time in history.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly surpassed the 26,000 milestone on Tuesday, but retreated later in the session. On Wednesday, the Dow closed the session at 26,115.65, up more than one percent.

The Nasdaq jumped more than one percent as well, finishing the day at 7,298.28, while the S&P 500 posted its own gain of 26.14 to a close of 2,802.56.

New tax legislation is helping to fuel corporate earnings. That, in turn, has propelled the stock market's rise. The Dow closed above 25,000 for the first time just eight sessions ago.

The price of crude oil increased Wednesday, by about a quarter of a percent. The cost of a barrel finished the day at $63.90.

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