Good day. I’m Eunice Kim. And here are your
Headlines from Around the World. *Five Afghan soldiers have been killed in
an air strike by NATO-led forces… in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar.
Afghan officials say at least 8 others were seriously wounded.
The strike on friendly targets was accidental… coalition forces said… adding that they
were mistaken for insurgents during the operation meant to *support Afghan security forces.
The affected soldiers have been moved to Kabul. The Afghan government is calling for an investigation. Some good news out of the U.S… the number
of Americans filing for unemployment benefits for the first time…hit a three-month *low
last week. The U.S. Labor Department said the number
of claims fell to their lowest level since November of last year… to a seasonally adjusted
323-thousand. Analysts say the figures reflect a return
to “a more normal level, consistent with healthy labor market conditions”.
Meanwhile, a government report on *employment will be released on Friday… which is expected
to show the impact the severe cold weather has had on jobs growth. Staying with the U.S… *a couple of years
and *billions of dollars… that’s what the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin
Dempsey, said it could cost… to right the damage done by Edward Snowden’s intelligence
leaks. General Dempsey made the estimations Thursday
at a meeting of the House armed services committee. He also reported a mitigation task force had
been established to probe the depth of the damage… as well as to devise a solution
to the theft. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden faces
espionage charges in the U.S., and is believed to be in Russia where he has been granted
asylum. Over in Tunisia… the country’s “state of
emergency”… effective since 2011… has been lifted.
The announcement was made Thursday on President Moncef Marzouki’s official Facebook page.
Tunisia has been taken by political turmoil and violence since then-leader Zine El-Abidine
Ben Ali was deposed at the start of 2011. The “state of emergency” was lifted early,
as it had been extended to June… though the government did add that law enforcement
still had the option of seeking help from military forces where appropriate. Ahead of the International Women’s Day on
Saturday… the OECD has released a survey that examined how much quote-“unpaid work”
women and *men in the 34 member nations pitched in around the house.
Comparing statistics related to the number of minutes men and women contributed to doing
“housework”… the report concluded “[working] women were slowly closing the gap”, though
“there is still a huge gender gap in unpaid work”.
It found that Norwegian men clocked in the most time contributing to household chores…
while the men who contributed the least came from… Japan.