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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Sprint Shareholders Approve SoftBank Merger

Jun 26, 2013
Originally published on June 26, 2013 11:13 am



NPR's business news begins with a new wireless giant.


GREENE: Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier, is about to be bought out by Japan's SoftBank. The deal was approved by Sprint shareholders yesterday.

And as NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, this should boost competition.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Right now, Sprint is a distant third in the U.S. wireless market. But with an infusion of cash and clout from Softbank, the carrier will be able to expand its high speed network, and, it hopes, attract new customers.

Analyst Charles Golvin of Forrester Research says consumers stand to benefit.

CHARLES GOLVIN: Today it's very different for either Sprint or T-Mobile to really compete effectively with AT&T or Verizon - who have consolidated power over the last few years. So having a strong and viable third alternative is going to result in more choice and better pricing options for consumers.

KAUFMAN: Softbank's CEO Masayoshi Son is a maverick billionaire who has made no secret of his global ambitions; he hopes to turn his company in the world largest mobile carrier.

But taking on the U.S. mobile giants won't be easy. Together Verizon and AT&T control about 65 percent of the U.S. market.

Son has vowed to let Sprint continue its unlimited data plans, and he suggests that Sprint could offer consumers something beyond the lowest prices: faster speeds for example, and new services and products.

The deal is expected to win approval from U.S. regulators and the companies hope to complete the acquisition early next month.

Wendy Kaufman, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.