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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

1 hour ago
Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit


A Parade Of Goobers: 17 Actual People Presented To 'The Bachelorette'

May 28, 2013
Originally published on May 28, 2013 1:49 pm

Last night brought the premiere of the new season of The Bachelorette, in which Desiree, who was rejected by Sean on the last season of The Bachelor, was presented with 25 men from whom to choose. The theory is that if television producers choose 25 guys for you to pick from, surely one of them is your soul mate. Makes sense!

More often than not, the 25 people chosen include a critical mass of people who at least meet the low-level standard of, "That's probably an okay dude, if you like that sort of dude." But in Desiree's case, she was presented with such a parade of apparent goobers and weirdos that unless she's planning on going into circus performing, her options are going to be severely limited. All of the following men really happened.

1. A guy who immediately suggested they cut right to the chase and have sex. She did her best to stare ice daggers into his brain, but the next time he ran into her, he did it again. And then she said no. And then he did it again, and she told him to go home, seemingly less because he seemed like a creeper and more because she wouldn't date anyone who thinks she's like that. You know, like that.

2. A guy (billed as a "drilling fluid engineer") who was first seen standing naked on his balcony looking at some deer, and later got out of the limo without his shirt on, asked her, "Will you accept these abs?", and walked around shirtless for the rest of the party.

3. A guy who brought his adorable kid to the opening night of The Bachelorette. Also his mother.

4. A guy who (1) yelled "I LOVE THIS WOMAN!" like the jewelry commercial in his intro video and then (2) high-fived Desiree when they met before (3) telling her he was going to nickname her "Athena" and demanding she think up a nickname for him.

5. A guy whose profession is listed as "Tailor/Magician." Because he's a "Tailor/Magician."

6. A guy who claims to have invented sign-spinning (that thing people do on street corners) (no, that other thing), meaning that, as a friend of mine noted, either he's lying and is a complete [jerk], or he's telling the truth and is still kind of a [jerk]. He closed his intro video "All signs point to love!", meaning that it really doesn't matter that much, because WOW.

7. A dental student who calls himself a Renaissance man for reasons unknown, but who wore his white coat to their first meeting and offered to be her "McDreamy."

8. A guy who showed up wearing armor. He clonked his way over to Desiree very, very slowly (walking in armor is hard!), then announced he was her "knight in shining armor." YOU DON'T SAY. And then he clonked away. Slowly.

9. A guy who forced her to dance and dipped her so ineptly that she almost fell down, then engaged her in a conversation in which he kept taking his glasses off and putting them back on in a way that made him seem genuinely bazoo.

10. A guy who made her snap a literal turkey wishbone with him. (She won. He did not disappear. So much for that.)

11. A guy who peppers his conversation with the word "hashtag."

12. A guy who walked up to her and gave such an intense speech about the importance of loyalty that he really seemed to be promising a life in which she would be constantly tempted to run as far and as fast as possible. BUT SHE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED, because LOYALTY.

13. A guy who gets his charm from wearing sneakers with his tux.

14. A guy who got down on one knee ... but only to say, "Will you ... mind if I tie my shoe?" Har har! She totally thought he was going to propose when they were total strangers!

15. A guy named Juan Pablo, a name she pronounced as if it were wildly exotic, made up of sounds only made by dolphins. (This one was really her fault.)

16. A guy who wore a jacket that said "DESIGNED BY THIS GUY" on the back in letters that appeared to be cut out ransom-note-style.

17. A guy who wrote her a poem that rhymed "emotion" and "ocean." As you do.

And most of the remaining eight look like they could be named "Bro."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit