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.

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Snowden Has Job Offers, Place To Live, Russian Lawyer Says

Aug 2, 2013
Originally published on August 2, 2013 11:20 am

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who spent more than a month at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport before being granted a one-year asylum Thursday, has picked out a place to live in Russia, his attorney there says.

Snowden is wanted on charges of espionage by the United States for leaking classified documents about secret U.S. surveillance programs. His departure from the Moscow airport ended, temporarily at least, weeks of uncertainty over his fate. He had applied to several other countries for asylum, as well.

"He has decided about his accommodation, everything is fine," Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, tells Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Kucherena told reporters Thursday that Snowden's location would not be shared, calling him "one of the world's most wanted fugitives."

As for what his new neighbors might think of Snowden, Bloomberg News reports that President Vladimir Putin's choice to give the former NSA contractor a safe haven was welcomed by many Russians.

"The decision is backed by almost twice as many Russians as those against it and those who view Snowden's role as positive outnumber negative assessments three to one," according to Bloomberg.

In an interview with The New Republic, Kucherena says Snowden seemed to be in disbelief when he first heard he had been given asylum. And Kucherena, whom The New Republic's Julia Ioffe describes as "a hulk of a man with the broad face and straw hair of a Scythian peasant," says Snowden has already gotten job offers, from news and online companies.

Snowden's newly prolonged stay in Russia has frustrated U.S. officials, with the White House saying it is "extremely disappointed" that the country chose not to return him to the United States for prosecution.

"Mr. Snowden is not a whistle-blower. He's accused of leaking classified information," Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday. He added that as the date approaches for President Obama's planned visit to Russia, for September's G-20 conference, the United States is "evaluating the utility of a summit."

Rights and political experts weighed in on Snowden's new status in Russia on Thursday, offering 3 Opinions On Whether Snowden Should Fight From Abroad, as Eyder reported for The Two-Way.

"While he's not doing himself any favors with being in Russia, the alternatives are not very pleasant," political science professor Jules Boykoff of Pacific University in Oregon said.

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