The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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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As Sentencing Phase Begins, Manning Could Face Decades In Prison

Jul 31, 2013
Originally published on July 31, 2013 10:57 am

As the sentencing hearing for former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning begins today, he faces the possibility of spending many decades in prison. Manning was found guilty Tuesday of 19 counts for giving thousands of classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks.

Manning, 25, was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge against him, which would have put him in jeopardy of a life sentence. He was found guilty of other serious charges, from theft to espionage, for his role in the largest leak of U.S. secrets in history.

The sentencing hearing to determine Manning's punishment could go on for several weeks. And as military law expert Philip Cave tells The Two-Way, the judge in the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, has wide discretion in levying the penalty, which theoretically could range up to more than 100 years in prison.

"She can impose a punishment of no punishment all the way to maximum confinement," Cave says.

The severity of Manning's punishment is expected to hinge on his motives, as well as the amount of damage his acts may have done to the United States. Those considerations were largely excluded from the trial.

His case will likely have wider ramifications for any U.S. actions against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. After the verdict against Manning was announced, Assange's lawyer in the U.S., Michael Ratner, told NPR that it added to his belief that the U.S. has a sealed federal indictment against Assange. He noted that an American grand jury has been convened to look into the WikiLeaks case.

Assange remains holed up at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

"Our position is that if Julian Assange leaves that embassy — if he goes to Sweden or if he goes out on the street — he will ultimately be taken by very fast means to the United States, where he will not be treated well," Ratner said.

The case could also affect the U.S. strategy in pursuing charges against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

As Boston College law professor Mary-Rose Papandrea told The Two-Way yesterday, the verdict made a distinction between "aiding the enemy — intent to aid the enemy, knowledge that information will be read by the enemy and an intent to have that information read by the enemy — versus individuals who disclose information without authorization but with the intent to disclose them to the public at large."

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