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Chicago sees 11 killed and 35 wounded in weekend shootings



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From Friday night to Sunday night various shootings across Chicago killed 11 people and wounded 35. Among the dead are 15-year-old and 18-year-old boys.

15-year-old Daton Gater was shot while standing on his front porch, police said. Two shooters approached Gater’s house on foot. He was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai hospital.

A shooter killed 18-year-old Adrian Navarro and the woman he was with, 23-year-old Destiny Nunez over an argument. Both died of gunshot wounds to their torsos, police reported.

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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago



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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.

The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57%  the preceding quarter.

The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.

592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:

They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.

Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.

Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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