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5/24/2018

Hollywood is in the midst of a revolution that is exposing deep gender disparity and power struggles that have far-reaching implications for media and society, say Thandie Newton, Angela Bassett, Sandra Oh, Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who all sat down for The Hollywood Reporter's drama actors roundtable. "It takes a while to get to a point in your career where you can actually make a choice. And after a decade of my life on a show [Grey's Anatomy], I had enough economic power to be able to say no," Oh said.

5/24/2018

Between 2005 and 2016, men penned four out of every five scripts for the UK's feature films, while women wrote just 30% of UK television shows and men wrote 86% of shows airing at the 9 p.m. hour, a new report has found. The report also notes a decline in the number of female writers at each stage of career progression, showing how difficult it is for women to keep writing despite having credits to their name. Stephen Follows Blog (5/23)

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5/23/2018

The Executive PayWatch database from AFL-CIO compiles ratio data of CEO to median worker compensation, with Mattel reporting the widest gap of proxies released so far in 2018, coming in at 4,987 to 1. McDonald's was next, with CEO Steve Easterbrook having made 3,101 as much as the company's median employee, but rankings could change as more companies report their data in upcoming filings.

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5/23/2018

A sinkhole has been growing on the North Lawn of the White House, spurring many "drain the swamp" jokes and political theories for its development. The National Park Service is monitoring the sinkhole, which now has its own Twitter account, but said it is common for sinkholes to appear in the Washington area after rains.

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5/23/2018

The number of asylum-seekers and refugees fleeing violence in Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, has jumped from about 18,000 in 2011 to 294,000 at the end of 2017, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Those fleeing face the risk of violence, sexual assault and exploitation but cross borders "out of desperation, facing high levels of homicide in their countries of origin," the agency says.

5/23/2018

Civilians living in conflict zones face death, displacement and human rights violations, and the majority of the 128 million people around the world who need humanitarian aid are in need because of violent conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council this week. Guterres is urging member states to develop and implement strategies to protect civilians in conflict regions.

5/23/2018

The World Health Organization has begun vaccinating health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to reduce the risk of front-line workers contracting Ebola from patients. The WHO says it has more than 7,500 doses of the vaccine available and expects another 8,000 doses in the coming days.

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5/23/2018

As many as 2 million women and girls in the developing world suffer from fistula -- a serious injury caused during childbirth -- and failing to act on that endangers progress toward global development goals, says United Nations Population Fund Executive Director Natalia Kanem, marking the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The UNFPA warns against the injustice of leaving poor women to suffer from a condition that is easily prevented with appropriate medical care.

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5/23/2018

Tanzanian Joyce Msuya has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as deputy executive director of the UN Environment Programme. Msuya has served as adviser to the World Bank vice president for East Asia and Pacific region.

5/23/2018

United Nations sanctions experts have contacted 24 major global oil trading companies to ask what steps they are taking to honor UN sanctions against North Korea. The experts warn that petroleum is being sold to North Korea in violation of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.