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.

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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SoftBank Moves Closer To 78 Percent Stake In Sprint

Jul 4, 2013
Originally published on July 4, 2013 9:48 am



And the Federal Communications Commission has apparently approved a deal giving the Japanese telecom giant SoftBank a controlling stake in SprintNextel, which is the third-largest wireless operator in the U.S. Experts say SoftBank's industry clout should help Sprint become a more robust competitor. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Regulatory approval is the last step before the mega deal can be completed. The $21.6 billion that Softbank will pay makes this the largest, ever, overseas acquisition by a Japanese company. In a related matter, the FCC reportedly approved Sprint's purchase of all the shares in wireless provider Clearwire that it doesn't already own. Clearwire has a large amount of wireless spectrum and that's valuable to Softbank for its U.S. expansion plans. Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank, has made no secret of his global ambitions. The maverick billionaire hopes to turn his company into the world's largest mobile carrier. Right now, Sprint is a distant third in the U.S. wireless market. Verizon and AT&T are the dominant players. But analyst Charles Golvin of Forrester Research says the new Sprint will be a stronger competitor than it's been in the past.

CHARLES GOLVIN: They're going to have more money to spend on their network, more money to spend on marketing, and they're going to be able to improve their network to be on par or potentially superior to what AT&T and Verizon offer today.

KAUFMAN: Golvin believes having a strong number three in the market will mean more choices and better prices for consumers. Wendy Kaufman, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.