Hard Numbers: North Korea bans a name, US inflation stays warm, aid trucks cross into Syria, Ukrainians freeze sperm
0: The number of North Korean girls who are allowed to have the same name as Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s daughter Kim Ju-Ae is now, reportedly, zero. Young Ju Ae, who is thought to be around 11 years old, has recently been in the spotlight inspecting weapons with her dad and appearing on postage stamps.
6.4: Annual inflation in the US fell by just a tenth of a point in January, to 6.4%, disappointing expectations that price growth would ease further in the world’s largest economy.
10: A fleet of 10 UN humanitarian aid trucks crossed from Turkey into Syria on Tuesday via the Syrian side’s Bab al-Salam border post. This is the first time since 2020 that the Syrian government has opened the checkpoint to allow aid trucks into this part of the country, parts of which are held by opposition forces.
100: Since the Russian invasion, a clinic in Kyiv has frozen the sperm of about 100 Ukrainian soldiers. “It’s not scary to die,” one man told the AP, “but it’s scary when you don’t leave anyone behind.”