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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Clare Fischer On Piano Jazz

Jun 7, 2013

Keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader Clare Fischer was known for his versatile and deft touch with everything from classical to jazz to Latin and Brazilian music. He began his career after earning his Master's degree in composition from Michigan State University, where he worked as a pianist and conductor for the vocal group The Hi-Lo's. After working with The Hi-Lo's for five years, he went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd. His arrangements for Gillespie's "A Portrait of Duke Ellington" met with critical acclaim.

"He sounded terrific," host Marian McPartland says, recalling their meeting in 2001. "Those Billy Strayhorn tunes are very unique, and Clare did a good job with them. And it was interesting playing duets with him. I think we educated a lot of people about Clare Fischer, including me. It was a satisfying show all around."

Fischer's interest in Latin music began in college, when he met many friends from Latin backgrounds who shared their music, culture and language with him. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958, and took up work with Latin musicians in East L.A. In the 1960s, he became known for his Latin and bossa nova works, and wrote the original "Pensativa," now considered a standard in the Latin jazz repertoire. His first Grammy was for the 1981 album Salsa Picante Plus 2+2.

Fischer was commissioned by classical concert artist Richard Stoltzman in 1983 to compose a symphonic work combining Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn themes. The Duke, Swee'pea and Me has been performed around the world, and the collaboration between Fischer and Stoltzman led to Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano many years later. In January 2001, Fischer produced his first classical album, After the Rain, which features many of his original compositions.

During his long career, Fischer recorded more than 45 albums as leader and arranged, composed or performed on a hundred more for other artists. Recognized as an extremely talented and versatile musician, he crafted arrangements for Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan and Rufus, The Jacksons, Earl Klugh, Prince, Robert Palmer, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Spike Lee, João Gilberto, Paula Abdul and many more.

Fischer died in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2012, after suffering a heart attack earlier that month. He was 83.

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