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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Highs Of 117 Expected In Las Vegas, In Dangerous Heat Wave

Jun 28, 2013

A heat wave is broiling America's Southwest, where temperatures are expected to soar past 110 degrees in coming days. Before noon on Friday, temperatures in many parts of southeastern California, Nevada and Arizona had already topped 100 degrees.

An "excessive heat warning" was issued Friday by the National Weather Service, which blames the dangerously high temperatures on "a massive area of high pressure across the Western United States through Monday."

The agency is urging people to help keep children, the elderly and those with chronic ailments safe during the heat wave, and it reminds anyone who experiences nausea, headaches or dizziness to cool down and drink water.

Citing high temperatures of between 114-117 degrees in Las Vegas, from 118-125 in the Colorado River Valley, and 126-129 in Death Valley, the weather service said that in some areas, nightly lows may not drop below 90 degrees.

It remains to be seen whether the heat will threaten the record set in Death Valley, of 134 degrees, back in 1913.

The perilous heat led the NWS to remind us that in 2005, "17 people died from heat-related causes in the Las Vegas Valley ... when temperatures were observed at or above 112" from July 14 to 17.

In New Mexico, the farmers and residents of Mora County are enduring a severe drought that's worsened by the heat. A local river stands dry, with cracks showing in its bed, reports member station KUNM from Albuquerque.

Last month, Mora became the first county to ban fracking, out of concern that the process would pollute its wells and aquifers, sources of water that it is now counting on, KUNM reports.

And the heat is also taking a toll in the desert areas that some immigrants use to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. That's the story from Arizona, where our colleagues at the Fronteras blog report that more than 100 bodies have already been found in Arizona's deserts in 2013.

U.S. Border Patrol trauma agents have also rescued nearly 200 people, writes Fronteras' Michel Marizco. In most cases, the people called 911 after realizing they were in danger.

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