Six In The Morning Thursday 18 January 2024

Situation in Gaza ‘probably worse even than we can see’: Top UN humanitarian official


With the Israel-Hamas war now having passed its 100-day mark, FRANCE 24 spoke to Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “We can see the desolation” of Gaza thanks to the media, Griffiths said. “We can hear the cries of a generation of hatred being created by this terrible, terrible tragedy. But in fact, the figures tell us it’s probably worse even than we can see”. The UN’s top humanitarian official added that “we have some really alarming indicators of the extreme suffering” of Gaza’s population, such as “the incredible rapidity of the increase in famine numbers”.

Where is Balochistan and why is it the target of Iran and Pakistan strikes?

Region is divided between three countries and has a long history of resistance against Pakistan

Balochistan is a region with a distinct cultural and historical identity that is now divided between three countries: Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. This week, Iran and Pakistan launched strikes across each other’s borders targeting militants in the Balochistan area.

The region takes its name from the Baloch tribe, who began inhabiting the area centuries ago, and has long been fought over and divided by rulers including the Persians and the British.

Gender pay gap in Germany: Women earn 18% less than men

There’s a clear correlation between the pay gap between men and women, and the birth of the first child, say statisticians.

Women in Germany earned 18% less on average than men in 2023, the country’s Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said on Thursday. On an adjusted basis, the gap was 6%, it added.

The report showed that women, on average, earned €20.84 ($22.7) per hour last year, compared with €25.3 for men.

Statisticians have been calculating the gender pay gap — which shows the difference in average gross earnings between men and women — since 2006 when it stood at 23%.

NHK joins 50:50 global push for gender equality in the media


January 18, 2024 at 19:03 JST

Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) announced on Jan. 17 that it has joined the 50:50 The Equality Project, a global initiative promoting gender equality in the media, and is working to increase the presence of women in its programs.

Under the initiative, which was launched in 2017 by the BBC, broadcasters monitor the number of female contributors, such as news presenters, guest experts and actors, in each program.

This data is then used to track progress toward achieving a greater gender parity in media.

Ukraine’s harsh winter a memory but new Russian tactics sow destruction

Ukraine’s latest winter hardly resembles the brutal cold season of 2022 that was beset by blackouts, but Russian shelling persists.

Artem Honcharuk turns off the lights and switches on two halogen lamps to illuminate the black plastic letters on his shop’s wall that read “copy centre” in Ukrainian.

More than a year ago, he tinkered with these lamps so they could run on batteries and light up his print shop in an underground shopping mall in central Kyiv.

“That’s the light I was working under,” the 31-year-old told Al Jazeera, standing next to a desktop computer, copy machines and printers. “I already forgot how it was.”

US opposition grows against Korea’s planned online platform regulations

By Park Jae-hyuk

The Yoon Suk Yeol administration’s drive to regulate market-dominant online platforms could be evolving into a potential diplomatic dispute with the U.S., according to industry officials, Thursday.

The U.S. state and commerce departments reportedly raised their concerns regarding South Korea’s proposed regulations. They conveyed these concerns by sending messages to Yoon’s office, the foreign ministry, and the trade ministry late last year.

Although a Fair Trade Commission (FTC) official in charge of the matter said the agency has not received an official comment from Washington, Seoul is said to be trying to persuade the U.S. government by emphasizing that there is no intention of imposing regulations more strictly on foreign firms in favor of domestic companies.