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.

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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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Mississippi Man Indicted On Charges Of Mailing Ricin Poision

Jun 3, 2013
Originally published on June 3, 2013 8:45 pm

James Everett Dutschke, the Mississippi man arrested in April on suspicions that he sent letters containing the poison ricin to President Obama and other officials, has been indicted on five federal charges, from sending threats in the mail to knowingly making and possessing "a biological agent... for use as a weapon."

Maximum punishments for the counts leveled against Dutschke, 41, range from five years to life in prison.

A federal grand jury in Mississippi's Northern District indicted Dutschke on charges that he put ricin in letters he mailed to the president, to Sen. Roger Wicker, and to state judge Sadie Holland, according to the indictment, which was filed Friday and released publicly Monday.

One charge accuses Dutschke of devising a scheme to cover his tracks and "to make it appear that Paul Kevin Curtis had mailed threatening letters."

Authorities say that all three letters included versions of a note in which the author wrote, "There are still 'Missing Pieces." The note then said, "Maybe I have your attention now Even if that means someone must die." They all ended with the same sentence: "I am KC and I approve this message."

That sign-off likely played a role in the arrest of Paul Kevin Curtis, a rival of Dutschke's who was held in federal custody for several days before being released — a development he welcomed with a jubilant news conference at which he avowed his "contempt for rice" and anything that sounds like "ricin."

Dutschke, who has maintained his innocence, "is expected to appear Thursday in Oxford before U. S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander," reports the Tupelo, Miss., Daily Journal. "Since his arrest, the former martial arts instructor has been held without bond in the Lafayette County Detention Center."

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