Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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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Pentagon Recalls 'Most' Furloughed Civilian Workers

Oct 5, 2013

The Department of Defense is ordering most of its furloughed civilian employees back to work, in a move announced just after midday Saturday. The plan will put hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job next week.

"Today, I am announcing that most DoD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

Hagel said he believes the Pentagon can "significantly reduce — but not eliminate — civilian furloughs under this process," Defense News reports.

The recall would affect "most of the some 400,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown," Reuters reports, citing a U.S. Defense official.

"We have tried to exempt as many DoD civilian personnel as possible from furloughs," Hagel said. "We will continue to try to bring all civilian employees back to work as soon as possible."

The Defense employee recall stems from the "Pay Our Military Act," legislation passed by Congress and enacted by President Obama earlier this week.

The bill allows the Pentagon to pay troops and some civilians. Hagel says the law "does not permit a blanket recall of all civilians," but it can be used to bring back workers who support service personnel.

As of Thursday, Defense workers told Stars and Stripes that they were confused about which employees the bill covers.

"I think it is important that our community understands that currently, teachers are still teaching their children with no idea when a paycheck will come," a teacher in the Defense Department of Defense Education Activity wrote to the news agency. The educators have continued to work in the shutdown.

In the days leading up to Monday's shutdown deadline, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told Pentagon employees that under a lapse in funding, "All military personnel would continue in a normal duty status; however, a large number of our civilian employees would be temporarily furloughed."

News of the recall comes hours after the House of Representatives passed a bill approving back pay for the roughly 800,000 federal workers who were idled by the government shutdown that began Tuesday.

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