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Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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Stu Seidel is the Managing Editor for Standards and Practice for NPR News.

In this role, Seidel serves as the lead voice on ethical issues for NPR News and Content and works closely with producers, editors and reporters on ethical questions and situations.

Seidel previously served as Deputy Managing Editor for News, a role in which he played a key part in leading NPR's news gathering operations, including the work of the editors, producers and reporters on the Arts, Business, International, National, Science and Washington Desks. Seidel first came to work at NPR in 1996, serving as an editor on Morning Edition and on the Foreign, National and Washington Desks. In 1999, he spent a year as Senior Editor of Marketplace and returned to NPR late that year as Senior Editor of Weekend Edition Sunday.

During his more than four decades as a journalist, Seidel has traveled to 47 states and more than 40 countries on five continents to report on or to supervise coverage of many of the biggest news stories of our day. While at UPI in Paris, Seidel reported on the negotiations to end the war in Vietnam; and while at Newsweek, he oversaw the magazine's on-the-ground coverage of the Jonestown mass murders and suicides, the war in Grenada, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the shooting of Pope John Paul II, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the 1984 Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and the 1984 Republican and Democratic conventions. In 2011, from Tokyo, Seidel led NPR's coverage the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University.

For historians, and for much more casual students of the Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago holds seemingly limitless fascination — a search for "Gettysburg" on Amazon turns up over 7,500 books — and similarly limitless opportunity for debate. Did the Confederacy's iconic commander, Gen. Robert E. Lee, bring defeat to his own army by reaching too far in ordering Pickett's fateful — and disastrous — charge? Did Gen.