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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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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Nelson Mandela Is In Critical But Stable Condition, In Latest Update

Jul 1, 2013
Originally published on July 2, 2013 6:07 am

The condition of former South African leader Nelson Mandela is "still critical but stable," according to the office of President Jacob Zuma. Mandela, 94, has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8 with a lung infection.

In the first official update on Mandela's health since Thursday, the presidency also urged people to prepare for the beloved rights activist's birthday later this month.

"We remind all South Africans to begin planning for Madiba's birthday on the 18th of July. We must all be able to do something good for humanity on this day, in tribute to our former president," President Zuma said.

Because of health concerns, Mandela, who is also known by the traditional tribal name of Madiba, did not meet with President Obama during his visit to South Africa this past weekend.

From Johannesburg, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that it's the fourth hospital stay for Mandela since Christmas. And as his extended family copes with the illness of its patriarch, arguments have also broken out.

Ofeibea reports:

"The battle brewing between members of the Mandela family is over the reburial of three of Nelson Mandela's children. The Royal House of his AbaThembu clan is said to be deeply concerned that the courts have ruled on the matter.

"More than a dozen Mandela family members are legally challenging his grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela. The latter reportedly had the remains of Mandela's children exhumed and taken to Mvezo, the village where Nelson Mandela was born.

"They had been buried in Qunu, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his childhood, built his retirement home, and where he is believed to want to be laid to rest."

As the BBC reports, "The remains are of Makgatho Mandela, Mandla's father who died from AIDS-related diseases in 2005 and his siblings, Thembekile, who was killed in a car accident in 1969, and Makaziwe, his first daughter who died when she was nine months old."

Mandla, who is a member of Parliament, had their remains moved two years ago without consulting other family members, reports South Africa's News 24. He is reportedly planning to build a hotel, soccer stadium, and heritage center in Mvezo.

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