The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit


'Scene From Hell' At Site Of Spanish Train Crash

Jul 25, 2013
Originally published on July 26, 2013 6:50 am

This post was last updated at 5:45 p.m. ET.

About 80 people died, scores more were wounded and the eyewitness accounts are sobering in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, after Wednesday's crash of a passenger train.

Reuters writes that "in what one local official described as a scene from hell, bodies covered in blankets lay next to the overturned carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage after the disaster. ... Cranes were still pulling out mangled debris on Thursday morning, 12 hours after the crash."

"The scene is shocking, it's Dante-esque," the head of the Galicia region, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, said in a radio interview, according to The Guardian.

One man who went to help, 47-year-old baker Ricardo Martinez, tells the wire service that:

"We heard a massive noise and we went down the tracks. I helped getting a few injured and bodies out of the train. I went into one of the cars but I'd rather not tell you what I saw there."

It's thought that the train may have been going too fast. "Media reports say the train may have been travelling at more than twice the speed limit around a curve," reports the BBC.

According to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, "the El Pais daily quoted investigators saying that the train was traveling at more than twice the speed limit on a sharp curve" when it derailed. Bloomberg News adds that "the train was traveling at 190 kilometers per hour [118 mph] as it entered the section of track, which has a speed limit of 80 kph [50 mph], El Pais newspaper reported, citing a radio conversation between the driver and train control staff."

Santiago de Compostela is in northwest Spain, near the Atlantic coast.

On Morning Edition, Time magazine's Lisa Abend spoke with host David Greene about the accident.

Update at 5:46 p.m. ET. Conductor Said He Was Going Fast:

Quoting investigators, El País reports that one of the train conductors said over the radio that he was going very fast at 190 kilometers per hour, and then at 200. After the crash, he was communicating via radio that his back hurt and that he was trapped.

"We are humans, we are humans," he said, according to the paper. "I hope no one died, because it would bear on my conscience."

The paper of record in Spain reports that the speed limit in that area is 80 kmh. What's still unclear is whether the conductor was going that fast on purpose or because of a mechanical failure.

TVE has begun putting together profiles of the victims: Francisco Javier was 27 and loved animals; Manuel was 57-years-old and was taking his first train ride.

José Ramón and Alicia were husband and wife. Alicia decided to use the bathroom one minute before the crash. As TVE puts it, be it by luck, chance or fate, she survived; he did not.

Update at 8 a.m. ET. Video Of The Crash:

Sky News is among those who have obtained surveillance footage of the train coming around the bend and then derailing. As Sky cautions, the video "contains graphic footage." So do not click play unless you're sure you want to see what happens.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit