The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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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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Bo Xilai, Disgraced Chinese Official, Is Indicted

Jul 25, 2013
Originally published on July 25, 2013 10:01 am

Bo Xilai, a rising star among China's political elite until his career collapsed in early 2012 after his wife was connected to the murder of a British businessman, was charged Thursday "with taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power," China's Xinhua News writes.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Anthony Kuhn said the indictment isn't about things Bo allegedly did while in his most recent position as the Communist Party boss in Chongqing, which as The New York Times notes is "a municipality of 30 million in southwest China."

Instead, Anthony reports, the charges are that "two jobs ago," as mayor of Dalian, Bo took $3.3 million in bribes and embezzled an additional $1 million or so. The case "certainly doesn't deal with any of the big issues of his last job." Authorities may wish to have a case that's "tightly scripted around the corruption charges" and does not touch on the "political infighting" that might have contributed to Bo's downfall, Anthony says.

It isn't known yet when Bo will be put on trial, Anthony adds. It's unlikely he would be given a death sentence if convicted. A more likely penalty, says Anthony, would be a prison sentence of 15 to 20 years — or possibly life.

The tale of Bo's fall from power and wife Gu Kailai's confession and conviction for the 2011 murder of British businessman Neil Heywood is complicated. The links from these headlines will help if you need to catch up on the story:

-- From A 'Death' To A Crisis, Tracing China's Bo Xilai Scandal.

-- Once Prominent Politician Bo Xilai Expelled From China's Communist Party.

-- Wife Of Ex-Chinese Official Given Suspended Death Sentence.

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