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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Rita Wilson On Life After 50: 'Get Ready, It's A Blast'

May 31, 2013

I cannot tell a lie: Rita Wilson is an actor-singer-producer who's done all manner of interesting things, but is for me most warmly recalled for her unforgettable explanation of the plot of An Affair To Remember in Sleepless In Seattle. The film (which also stars her husband, some guy named Tom Hanks) has plenty of good lines, but it's hard to find one more driven by divine delivery than Wilson's description of the blanket over Deborah Kerr's "shriveled little legs."

But now, Wilson is the editor-at-large for Huff/Post50, The Huffington Post's section for people over 50, which recently launched a fiction section. Wilson was on Tell Me More on Friday, where she talked to NPR's Michel Martin about her life as an actress and an editor.

Martin asked her whether she worried at all about being part of a site with "50" right in the title, given that Hollywood is notoriously hard on women as they get older. "No, I didn't," Wilson said. "For one thing, I think film is very much like that, but I think theater is completely different. ... I think being over 50 is completely liberating. I want to say to everybody out there who is listening who is not [over 50]: get ready, it's a blast. All the things that you cared about before that you thought were important, they aren't. How much you weigh, how taut your upper arms are, all that stuff doesn't matter. It gives way to something that is far more satisfying. I really think that being 50 is the bomb."

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