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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After Igniting In 2nd Half, Heat Easily Beat Spurs In Game 2

Jun 10, 2013
Originally published on June 10, 2013 8:56 am

With three minutes left in the third quarter Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs were ahead of the Miami Heat by a point.

Eight minutes later in Game 2 of the NBA finals, as NPR's Tom Goldman said on Morning Edition, Miami was ahead by 27 points. The Spurs, Tom said, "melted down" while the Heat ... heated up.

Miami would go on to win 103-84, evening the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Game 3 is set for 9 p.m. ET Tuesday in San Antonio. ABC-TV is the broadcaster.

If there's one play you'll want to see from Sunday's game, it's this block by Miami's LeBron James as the Spurs' Tiago Splitter tried to go to the hoop in the fourth quarter. The league has set the play to some dramatic music in this video clip.

For some background on what to watch for in the finals, see our earlier post:

3 Things You Need To Know About The NBA Finals

And here's our post about the Spurs' win in Game 1.

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