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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Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz

Jun 28, 2013

Singer and pianist Tony DeSare grew up in Glen Falls, N.Y. He began his musical career on violin, but from an early age, he expressed a fascination with the piano and organ. His parents bought him a small Casio keyboard to test his interest, and by age 12, DeSare had been given a full-size keyboard and was taking piano lessons.

Growing up in the '80s, DeSare gravitated toward the melodic pop songs of the day, by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Elton John. His father played guitar and sang around the house, bringing music from his generation — the Beatles, The Eagles, and James Taylor — into his son's musical milieu. At age 15, DeSare discovered Frank Sinatra and began digging deeply into jazz. A year later, he was finding his own singing voice and had begun to perform professionally as a singer and pianist in and around his hometown. He continued gigging during his time at Ithaca Collage, earning money for school and honing his chops. By the time he'd graduated, he'd become a regional musical celebrity, with a string of sold-out club dates around Upstate New York.

DeSare made the decision to pursue music full time with a move to New York City in 1999. He found a stage for his solo show at the Marquis Hotel in Times Square. He also pursued musical-theater gigs, and made a big splash with his role in the off-Broadway musical revue, Our Sinatra. DeSare made his New York club debut at the Café Carlyle, receiving rave reviews from critics while wowing audiences. Riding a wave of good press, DeSare released his first album, Want You, in 2005. His latest album, Radio Show, spans 50 years of American pop music and includes five original songs.

Originally recorded June 28, 2007.

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