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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.

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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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Mexico Summons U.S. Ambassador, Seeking Answers To Spying Claims

Sep 3, 2013

Allegations that U.S. agents spied on Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto when he was a candidate during last year's campaign have led Mexico to summon U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and demanded "a thorough investigation."

Mexico's foreign ministry says that "alleged espionage activity involving Mexican citizens" is against international law and the charter of the United Nations.

The charges that the National Security Agency spied on Nieto were broadcast over the weekend in Brazil, where reports also claim that the U.S. spied on Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

From Mexico City, NPR's Carrie Kahn filed this report for our Newcast unit:

"According to Brazil's Globo television, the U.S. National Security Agency spied on emails, text messages and phone calls made by Mexico's President Enrique Pena during his campaign last year. Globo cited documents obtained by Edward Snowden. The report also claimed the NSA spied on Brazil's president.

"During the TV report, an e-mail message was shown. In it, Pena Nieto writes about possible candidates for ministry posts.

"Brazil's foreign minister called the alleged spying an unacceptable breach of national sovereignty and said an upcoming visit to the White House by the Brazilian president will depend on a U.S. explanation."

The NSA has been embarrassed by several leaks this summer, after former contract worker Edward Snowden provided secret documents to journalists including The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro. Greenwald contributed to Sunday's report on Brazilian television.

In July, documents emerged that showed "Brazil is the top target in Latin America for the NSA's massive intelligence-gathering effort, aimed at monitoring communications around the world," the AP reported, citing the newspaper O Globo.

After the new charges of spying on top officials emerged over the weekend, Brazil summoned its U.S. ambassador, Thomas Shannon, to demand a written response to the allegations by the end of this week.

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