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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Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

Aug 16, 2013

On this episode of Piano Jazz, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz stops by to present a master class in improvisation on the standards. Konitz and host Marian McPartland get together for a set that includes "Stella By Starlight," "Body & Soul" and "All the Things You Are."

Lee Konitz was born Oct. 13, 1927 in Chicago. He first gained attention as a member of Claude Thornhill's influential orchestra during the 1940s. He then studied with pianist Lennie Tristano, and found inspiration in his teacher's long melodic lines. Konitz joined Miles Davis' nonet for its groundbreaking Capitol recording sessions, which would become collected into the album Birth of the Cool. He also played on the nonet's gigs opening for Count Basie at the Royal Roost in New York.

In the early '50s, Konitz toured Scandinavia and worked with Stan Kenton and his orchestra. Konitz continued to hone his sound as a bandleader; he recorded several duo and trio albums through the '60s with the likes of Jimmy Giuffre, Marshall Brown and Jim Hall. At a time when much of mainstream jazz had shifted to electric/fusion arrangements, Konitz spent the '70s exploring acoustic arrangements with his own nonet, further refining the polyphonic cool sound.

Lee Konitz continues to gig and record. Many of his recent projects have explored more free territory. He has an ongoing duo project in which he improvises with the young pianist Dan Tepfer, and in 2011 he released a live album recorded at Birdland with bassist Charlie Haden, pianist Brad Mehldau and the late drummer Paul Motian.

Originally recorded Sept. 6, 1991.

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