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.

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Regulators File Charges Against Corzine Over MF Global Debacle

Jun 27, 2013

Federal regulators are suing former MF Global Holdings CEO Jon Corzine, accusing him of not properly supervising the company that filed for bankruptcy back in 2011. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says Corzine failed to keep money that belonged to the brokerage's customers from being used to cover MF Global's obligations.

The charges are contained in a civil complaint filed Thursday. It seeks to impose fines on Corzine and other defendants, as well as the return of any salaries and bonuses earned during the violations, and a ban from any further work in commodities futures and options. The trading commission seeks a trial by jury in the case.

Corzine, a former New Jersey governor and U.S. senator, is not accused of ordering or knowing about the unlawful use of around $1 billion in customers' money. Instead, regulators say that his "strategy called for making increasingly risky and larger investments of the firm's money," and that despite warnings from within the brokerage firm, he didn't do enough to bolster its liquidity.

"Ultimately, these failures contributed to the massive customer losses," the regulators said in a news release announcing the charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The regulatory agency is also suing former MF Global Assistant Treasurer Edith O'Brien, blaming her for "MF Global's unlawful use of customer funds that harmed thousands of customers and violated fundamental customer protection laws on an unprecedented scale."

As The Two-Way reported last year, a congressional inquiry into MF Global seemed to present conflicting versions of events from Corzine and O'Brien.

The commission says it has reached a settlement agreement with the trustee of MF Global, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October of 2011, that "includes 100 percent restitution of the approximately $1 billion lost by all commodity customers" when the firm failed.

As Bloomberg News reports, the regulators themselves have also been criticized:

"The CFTC has itself been blamed at times for contributing to MF Global's downfall. The regulator, chaired by Corzine's ex-Goldman Sachs colleague Gary Gensler at the time of MF Global's collapse, failed to coordinate with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a 101-page report last November by U.S. House Republicans."

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