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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FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B For All Ages, Ending Battle

Jun 21, 2013
Originally published on June 25, 2013 4:23 pm

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday evening approved over-the-counter sale, with no age restrictions, of Plan B One-Step. That's the morning-after pill whose status has been the subject of a dozen years of political wrangling and legal dispute.

The action came after a court order issued in April by a federal district court judge in New York. The Obama administration originally appealed the ruling, but when it became clear that it would lose, agreed to make the product available as ordered.

"Over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement.

But the wrangling over the drug — which can prevent most pregnancies if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex — isn't completely over.

The FDA's approval only applies to a single product. Generic copies, as well as older two-pill versions that include the same active ingredient, will remain restricted by age, with prescriptions required for those under age 17, at least for now.

That will mean that they will also remain behind the pharmacy counter, be available only during regular pharmacy hours, and women will have to show identification to buy them.

A spokeswoman for the FDA said the agency hasn't yet decided whether and for how long Teva Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Plan B One-Step, would enjoy this so-called market exclusivity that would protect it from generic competition.

Considering all the twist and turns in the Plan B saga, we thought it would be a good time to pull together some of the key milestones in a tale that stretches back to 1999.

Take a spin through our interactive timeline. Click on an arrow to the left or right of the featured element, or select something from the slider below it.

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