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

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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Can You Really Dissolve A Guy In A Bathtub? 'Mythbusters' Tackles 'Breaking Bad'

Aug 12, 2013

Perhaps you heard that last night, a plucky little drug dealer named Walter White returned to television for his last eight episodes of the award-hoarding Breaking Bad.

But before he began his life of crime, Walter White was a chemistry teacher, and chemistry is what originally made him such a great meth cook. Breaking Bad has always included a lot of science talk, especially in the early days, and the time has come for someone to see whether it holds up.

And by "someone," I mean "Mythbusters."

This particular crossover episode, which airs Monday night at 10:00 on Discovery, is a patently great idea, in part because both shows, while they're wildly different, have a strong stroke of mischief. That may not be entirely obvious, but when you think about why Breaking Bad is great, never forget that creator Vince Gilligan wrote the funny, offbeat X-Files episode "Small Potatoes," with the shape-shifter. Never. And Mythbusters, of course, features experiments designed to determine the plausibility of urban legends, movie scenes, sayings, and claims about history. It's a good match.

Gilligan appears on the Mythbusters episode, along with Aaron Paul, to comment periodically on the findings of Adam and Jamie on the matter of dissolving a person in acid, and Kari, Grant and Tory on the matter of blowing up a room with a handful of stuff that looks like, but isn't, meth.

We could talk about it more, but if it isn't immediately clear to you that having Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman try to figure out whether you can dissolve a person in a bathtub and make the whole thing crash through the floor in a spectacularly disgusting and disastrous splat is a fantastic idea, you need to let your mind run substantially freer with regard to cackling, pork products, and things that are hilariously revolting.

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