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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Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham

Jun 21, 2013
Originally published on June 21, 2013 6:07 pm

This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.

On Tuesday, she interviewed Hank Klibanoff, co-author of The Race Beat, about how Birmingham newspapers covered the civil rights movement at the time it unfolded. Often, major local events related to the movement were ignored.

One of the things that stood out in the Birmingham news coverage in 1963 was a story about the city's golf courses. A Birmingham News headline from 50 years ago yesterday reads: "City golf courses reopen on June 29."

Fifty years ago this month, segregated golf courses in Alabama reopened to all — including blacks. Municipal golf courses were part of the many city parks that officials closed altogether rather than integrate. Officials had closed the courses for more than a year, and city police even put cement in the holes to prevent people from playing. So the reopening of the golf courses was yet another sign of change sweeping the South.

Ed Sanders, who is now president of The Vulcan Club, a black golfers group, was just 16 years old the year that the Boswell Highland golf course was desegregated. But he was one of hundreds of teenagers who were arrested and jailed during the May demonstrations known as the Children's Crusades. Those protests were broken up violently by police.

But it wasn't until later in life that Sanders came to golf. Before integration, the only course blacks could play on was Cooper Green. The only other way blacks could play golf was if they worked as caddies for white players.

Dr. Jesse Lewis was one of the first black golfers to play at Highland Park golf course the same day it was integrated. Lewis, who was a prominent business man, went on to found The Vulcan Club.

He is now a part owner of another golf course in town.

"We've come a long ways. Birmingham is a landmark of discrimination," said Lewis. "The key is what we do in 2014."

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