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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Egypt Said To Be In Talks With Ethiopia Over Nile Dam Plan

Jun 11, 2013

Egypt's leaders are negotiating with Ethiopia over a Nile River dam project the Ethiopians have begun building, according to reports. The news comes after a week of forceful talk about the dam project, including one session with Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi in which politicians discussed armed intervention, apparently not aware their words were being broadcast on live television.

"We are in the midst of negotiations," an anonymous Egyptian official tells Agence France-Presse. The official stressed the vital importance of the Nile to Egypt, but he also said Morsi did not mean to threaten Ethiopia with war.

On Monday, Morsi warned Ethiopia that "all options are open" in dealing with what his government sees as a security issue. Egypt relies on the Nile for both agriculture and hydroelectric power.

"If a single drop of the Nile is lost, our blood will be the alternative," Morsi said.

Those words were similar in tone to statements from a meeting last Monday, when several of Egypt's political leaders used a meeting with Morsi to air their ideas about how to deal with Ethiopia's plans for a dam, apparently unaware that the meeting was not "secret," as one of them said, but was in fact being broadcast live on state television.

The options discussed at that session ranged from a clandestine attack by special forces to a threat of an air strike. The idea of supporting Ethiopian rebels with the aim of undermining the central government also came up.

After news of that gaffe spread, Ethiopia's government summoned the Egyptian ambassador to demand an explanation for the "hostile remarks."

Tuesday, a spokesman for Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry told Reuters that "Ethiopia is not intimidated by Egypt's psychological warfare and won't halt the dam's construction, even for seconds."

Ethiopia has said it hopes that the $4.7 billion project will help it become Africa's largest exporter of electric power.

Many observers have noted that the dam project gives Morsi a rallying point to urge Egypt's political factions to come together for a common cause. But the largest opposition group rejected reconciliation talks Tuesday.

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