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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Study: U.S. Viewed As 'Favorable', China As Rising Superpower

Jul 18, 2013

More people around the globe view the United States positively than do China, but most of them also believe that Beijing is set to eclipse Washington as the world's dominant Superpower, according to a new Pew Research survey.

The study measured attitudes in 39 countries. Overall, the United States got a 63 percent "favorable" rating, while China's was just 50 percent. It revealed that 30 percent of those surveyed had an "unfavorable" opinion of the U.S., while 36 percent held that view of China.

The Philippines, Israel, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, El Salvador and South Korea gave the U.S. the highest favorable ratings, while Pakistan, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Turkey, China and Argentina scored the U.S. the lowest.

Overall, the U.S. got the best reviews in Africa and the worst in the Middle East.

Many of those surveyed, especially in Europe, believe that China "will eventually/has already" replace(d) the U.S. as the world's leading Superpower, including Spain (71 percent), France (70 percent), Britain (66 percent) and Germany (66 percent). Nearly half (47 percent) of Americans surveyed agreed with that view.

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