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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Iran's Rouhani Meets Protests And Cheers After Obama Chat

Sep 28, 2013
Originally published on September 28, 2013 2:57 pm

In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani was both celebrated and vilified Saturday for speaking to President Obama by phone during his trip to the United Nations in New York. After Rouhani's return, crowds that gathered near Tehran's airport were divided, with many voicing their support for Rouhani. A hardliner held a sign reading, "Down with USA."

One critic threw a shoe at Rouhani's car, according to the Agence France-Presse.

"The shoe missed the car and Rouhani stood up through the sunroof to acknowledge the crowds," says the news agency, which reports that Rouhani's supporters outnumbered his opponents.

As for how the communication between the two leaders is being treated in the country's news media, "Much of the coverage in Iran ranged from neutral to positive, with hardliners being the main exception," NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. "Rajanews, an outlet linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard corps," called the Friday phone call from Obama — who reached Rouhani as he was on his way to the airport to leave New York — "useless and weird."

The call between Obama and Rouhani represented the first direct contact between the two nation's leaders since 1979, as the Two-Way reported Friday.

The White House says the call lasted about 15 minutes and was quickly arranged after Iranian officials said Rouhani would be open to speaking to Obama by phone before he left for Tehran Friday. Obama administration officials had reportedly extended an open offer for a conversation or meeting earlier this week, when both leaders were in New York for a session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Rouhani has said he hopes to reach a political solution that allows Iran to keep developing its nuclear program and eases international sanctions. The two leaders agreed on the importance of achieving a peaceful resolution, according to a statement on Iran's presidential website.

The statement said the two presidents discussed other topics, as well.

"President Rohani and President Obama stressed the necessity for mutual cooperation on different regional issues," according to the site.

The two countries' top diplomats — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — have been instructed to continue talks between the two countries.

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