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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Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

May 29, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A short letter from the (amply mustachioed, possibly imperialist) English author Rudyard Kipling is up for auction. Addressed to an unknown woman, the letter says, referring to a portion of The Jungle Book, that "a little of it is bodily taken from (Southern) Esquimaux rules for the division of spoils. In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen."
  • For the online magazine xoJane, editor/writer Heather Alexander describes accidentally cutting off part of novelist Donna Tartt's ear.
  • The Sportswriter author Richard Ford writes about William Faulkner for The Threepenny Review: "It seems to me now — and it seemed to me in 1979, and also back to 1964, when I read it first — that Absalom, Absalom! ought to be a thousand pages long, so full is it of everything in the world."
  • Knopf announced on Tuesday that the next Bridget Jones novel, out on Oct. 15, will be called Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. No word yet on which boy.
  • The New York Times reports that flash sales help sell e-books. What will they discover next ... coupons?
  • For The Paris Review, Christina Thompson writes about reaching for a poem by W.H. Auden for comfort during her mother's illness: "I sat there for I don't know how many hours, drifting in and out of exhaustion and anxiety, and at some point a fragment of poetry came into my mind. 'Lay your sleeping head, my love, / Human on my faithless arm ...' " Thompson is editor of the Harvard Review and author of Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All.
  • Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell will write a book about the Boston Marathon bombings, Dutton announced on Tuesday. According to the press release, "With the resources of The Boston Globe, the book will provide an unprecedented level of detail and insight, including what went on behind-the-scenes as the police and FBI faced several profoundly challenging situations."
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