Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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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Indian Police: Crew Member From Detained U.S. Ship Tried Suicide

Oct 21, 2013
Originally published on October 21, 2013 3:22 pm

A member of a U.S.-owned ship whose crew was arrested by Indian authorities earlier this month for allegedly carrying a "huge cache" of illegal arms, has tried to commit suicide in his jail cell, police say.

The chief engineer of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by the U.S.-based security firm AdvanFort and detained along with its international crew on Oct. 12, was prevented by his cellmates from taking his own life, Indian police say, according to the BBC. The nationality of the crew member in question was not revealed, but the ship's complement includes Indians, Britons, Ukrainians and Estonians, according to AdvanFort.

As we reported last week, the MV Seaman Guard Ohio was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard in waters off the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. Authorities said they found weapons and ammunition aboard that had not been properly declared and accused the ship's master of illegally purchasing 400 gallons of diesel from a local agent. The ship is currently at anchor in the port of Tuticorin.

AdvanFort, which provides "comprehensive maritime security solutions to the commercial shipping industry," according to its website, has maintained that the weapons carried by the vessel were legally declared to Indian authorities and were mean to be used in anti-piracy operations.

On Sunday, the company's president, William H. Watson, told the Press Trust of India news agency that the continued detention of the ship and crew was "inappropriate."

AdvanFort has maintained that the vessel was in Indian waters seeking a port of refuge from cyclone Phailin.

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