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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Djokovic And Murray Win, Advance To Wimbledon Final

Jul 5, 2013
Originally published on July 5, 2013 5:32 pm

Novak Djokovic, the top seed in the Wimbledon men's draw, advanced to Sunday's singles final in a record-setting 4 hours, 43 minutes. The longest semifinal in tournament history, his five-set match fell only five minutes shy of the time set in a marathon 2008 five-set final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3. Djokovic, who will be appearing in his 11th grand slam final, was quoted by the AP after the match:

One of the best matches I've been a part of. One of the most exciting definitely. It was so close. You couldn't separate us. Exciting.

Crowd favorite Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed, will be Djokovic's opponent in the final. Murray is hoping to be the first male British player to raise the Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry last did it in 1936. The Scottish star booked his ticket to the final by beating No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

A report from Bloomberg News speculates that Murray could be playing for a lot more than just glory, adulation and the winner's check:

Lifting the tennis trophy on July 7 could push Murray's earnings to as high as 50 million pounds ($75 million) a year, according to Nigel Currie, director of London-based sports marketing agency brandRapport. Murray is the current U.S. Open champion and won Olympic gold at the All England Club last year.

The story goes on to estimate Murray's current income is estimated by Forbes to be about $12 million per year.

Not to be forgotten, Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli play in the women's final on Saturday. Also playing for keeps Saturday will be Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the men's doubles final. In women's doubles, Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng will play for the championship against Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.

Rounding things out on Sunday, Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic play in the mixed doubles final against 39-year-old Lisa Raymond of the United States Bruno Soares of Brazil.

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