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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Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

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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The Last Word In Business

May 13, 2013
Originally published on May 13, 2013 8:41 am



Today's last word in business is: The Cat's meow.

Last summer, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis hosted the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival. Yes, that happened. The festival featured 70 minutes of Internet cat videos.


You may know the favorites: "Keyboard Cat," "Very Angry Cat," and Internet sensation "Grumpy Cat." The festival is so popular it went viral, the show went on the road. And over the weekend, more than 6,000 people turned out at the Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival, coordinated by Isabella Shields.

ISABELLA SHIELDS: Dusty the Klepto Cat from San Mateo was there. He was the celebrity cat onsite. Many other people brought from their cat on leashes. And then in carriers, they had like carriers on wheels, so they had like these little limousines for their kitties.

GREENE: You know, Dusty the Klepto Cat, right? OK, maybe not. Well, we can tell you, he has a Wikipedia entry.

INSKEEP: It said Dusty was caught stealing 16 carwash mitts.

GREENE: Eighteen shoes, 73 socks...

INSKEEP: ...213 dish towels and more. He broke out of YouTube fame and ended up on David Letterman.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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