1. New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that the gender pay gap has increased over the past year. The weekly wage for women has increased from $1193, to $1252. But men’s weekly wages have risen from $1447 to $1518 per week. Australian men earn on on average 26% more than Australian women. A decade ago the difference was 24%. This disparity is thought to be due to higher salaries for male employees who dominate the mining and construction industries.
2. France has said that the international community should respond with force, if reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians is true. The Syrian opposition have claimed that up 1300 people were killed in a shelling outside of Damascus on Wednesday, which used nerve gas.
3. Former US soldier Bradley Manning, who has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for releasing military secrets to Wikileaks will begin living life as a woman from now on. Chelsea Manning, as she has now requested to be called, told the US Today Show via a statement read by her lawyer, that she will commence hormone replacement therapy as soon as possible.