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‘He was caught red-handed’ Kremlin says about American journalist detained, accused of espionage



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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was detained and accused of espionage by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

The FSB said in a statement that Gershkovich was, “acting on the instructions of the American side, collected information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.”

National Review reports that it is believed Gershkovich is the first American reporter to be held on the accusation of espionage since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In a daily call with reporters, as quoted in the New York Times, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov said “we’re not talking about suspicions. He was caught red-handed.”

“What an employee of the American publication the Wall Street Journalwas doing in Yekaterinburg has nothing to do with journalism,” explained Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

The Journal demanded his immediate release in a statement.

“The Wall Street Journal vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Evan Gershkovich. We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.”

Gershkovich, 31, is a member of the journal’s Moscow bureau, is accredited too report ini Russia by the State Ministry but was detained in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg. He is a graduate of Bowdoin college in the U,S,, was previously a reporter for Agence France-Presse and the Moscow Times and a news assistant at the New York Times.

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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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