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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Jobs Report Due Out This Morning

Jul 5, 2013
Originally published on July 5, 2013 8:40 am

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET. The News Is Out:

Better Than Expected Job Growth In June

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the unemployment report for June at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday. Bloomberg News says economists expect to hear that employers added 165,000 jobs to their payrolls last month. That's about the same number as added in May.

Some economists say the unemployment rate, which inched up in May to 7.6 percent, stayed at the same level in June. Others think it edged down to 7.5 percent.

As of June, it has been four years since the U.S. economic recovery officially began.

NPR's Yuki Noguchi tells Morning Edition host Renee Montagne that the level of job growth has been enough to offset population growth and put some people back to work.

But there are concerns that times are getting harder for the long-term unemployed.

"States are pairing back emergency unemployment benefits, in part, because of the sequester," Yuki says.

Despite the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration, hiring has been steady and that pace is expected to continue. Before the July 4 holiday, a couple of economic reports were issued indicating hiring remained solid in June.

In its survey, payroll provider ADP said businesses added 188,000 jobs in June. And the Employment and Training Administration said weekly unemployment benefits stayed below 350,000 — indicating fewer layoffs.

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