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.

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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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The Last Word In Business

Jun 24, 2013
Originally published on June 24, 2013 11:54 am



And our last word in business today comes from the Westin Hotel chain and it's: Running Concierge.

Now a hotel concierge is someone who is frequently on the run, trying to satisfy all the whims and desires of guests.


But the kind of running concierge Westin is looking for really needs to know how to help others move. The international hotel chain is looking for someone to be a professional trainer for guests as they travel to cities around the country participating in something called Rock 'n' Roll Marathons.

GREENE: That's a themed series of marathons featuring live bands and cheerleaders along the running route. Westin is one of the corporate sponsors.

Now the running concierge - the company hopes - will help guests train, warm-up, and also recover from those long runs. The application process for the job is guaranteed to cause a sweat. Those on the short list will need to prove their stuff by actually running the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon in Chicago this summer.

MONTAGNE: It's not clear how much the job pays, but if you're interested you should sprint to get your resume in. The deadline for applications is June 30th.

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

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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