Six In The Morning Friday 8 March 2024

Devastation in Gaza as Israel wages war on Hamas

By Kathleen Magramo, Sana Noor Haq and Aditi Sangal, CNN

Updated 1626 GMT (0026 HKT) March 8, 2024

What we’re covering

  • The European Union said Friday it is planning to open an emergency maritime aid corridor from Cyprus to Gaza this weekend in a joint effort with allies, including the US. It comes after US President Joe Biden announced plans to establish a temporary port to bring desperately needed additional humanitarian aid into the war-torn enclave.
  • Speaking in his State of the Union address, Biden said “Israel has a right to go after Hamas,” but it is also responsible for protecting civilians. He also reiterated US calls for a two-state solution to bring peace to the Middle East.
  • Displaced Palestinians say they are struggling to feed their children as Israel severely restricts aid deliveries. A senior US official said Israel has “prepared a new land crossing directly into northern Gaza,” following weeks of increased US pressure as the humanitarian crisis worsens.
  • With no obvious breakthrough in negotiations aimed at reaching a ceasefire in exchange for hostage releases, a deal appears unlikely to happen by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

UN: Iran committed crimes against humanity during protest crackdown

Fact-finding mission concludes regime murdered, imprisoned, tortured and raped those who protested the death of Mahsa Amini

The Iranian regime’s human rights violations during its brutal suppression of protests in 2022 amount to crimes against humanity, a UN fact-finding mission (FFM) has said.

Established by the UN human rights council in November 2022 – two months after the Woman, Life, Freedom protests swept the country in response to the death in custody of Mahsa Amini – the FFM has released a report concluding the regime carried out widespread and sustained human rights violations against its own people, which broke international laws and specifically targeted women and girls.

International Women’s Day: What’s happening around the world

Ireland is voting on constitutional changes over equality on the day that focuses on women’s rights. UNICEF, meanwhile, has warned that female genital mutilation “is declining, but not fast enough.” DW has the latest.

International Women’s Day (IWD) was recognized on Friday with Ireland holding two referendums on proposals to modernize constitutional references, billing the votes as opportunities to embed equality.

The United Nations, meanwhile, has highlighted the plight of more than 200 million females who have undergone genital mutilation.

With all this and more, DW looks into how the globe is reacting to IWD.

French cinema has its #MeToo moment, sparking growing need for intimacy coordinators

A cascade of sexual violence allegations has rocked the French film industry in recent months, with actor Judith Godrèche leading the charge for a reckoning about gender-based abuse. Calls to safeguard actors on set are growing, as is the need for intimacy coordinators – a job that is yet to be officially recognised in France.

For the first time in history, an actor spoke to MPs in the French upper house of parliament about sexual violence and gender-based abuse in the film industry last week.

Addressing the Senate’s women’s rights committee, actor Judith Godrèche called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into gender-based violence and reprehended the “incestuous family” that is French cinema.

The actor-turned-filmmaker has become a bellwether for France’s #MeToo movement. She recently accused two filmmakers, Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, of sexually assaulting her as a teenager. Both men have denied the allegations.

‘Dragon Ball’ manga artist Akira Toriyama dies at 68


March 8, 2024 at 18:31 JST

Acclaimed manga artist Akira Toriyama, creator of the global hits “Dragon Ball” and “Dr. Slump,” died on March 1 due to acute subdural hematoma, according to his publisher Shueisha Inc. He was 68.

A private funeral was held for close family members.

Tributes are pouring in from across the industry in the face of the passing of the modern manga giant. 

“He departed too early, leaving too big a gap behind him,” said Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the best-selling manga series “One Piece.” “I’m overwhelmed with the sadness that I will never see him again.” 

Nigeria abduction: Hundreds of pupils missing after gunmen storm school

Search and rescue team deployed to find missing children, a majority of them aged between eight and 15.

Hundreds of pupils are missing after gunmen attacked a school in northwestern Nigeria in the second mass abduction within a week in the country.

Local government officials in Kaduna state confirmed the kidnappings from Kuriga school on Thursday, but did not provide figures as they were working out how many children had been abducted.

Reporting from the capital, Abuja, on Friday, Al Jazeera’s Fidelis Mbah said school authorities told the state governor that about 25 of the abducted students had been returned to their parents, but 275 remained missing.