New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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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Top Stories: Calls For Force Against Syria; Fort Hood Trial Nears End

Aug 22, 2013
Originally published on August 22, 2013 9:42 am

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Chemical Weapons Claims Bring Calls For Force Against Syria.

-- Speculation Mounts That San Diego Mayor Is On His Way Out.

-- Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber.

Other stories in the news:

-- "Egypt's Mubarak To Be Put Under House Arrest." (The Associated Press)

-- "Closing Arguments Begin Thursday In Fort Hood Shooting Trial." (Morning Edition)

-- "Bradley Manning: I Want To Live As A Woman." (The Today Show)

-- "Bo Xilai's High-Profile Trial Gets Underway In China." (Morning Edition)

Related: "I Was Framed, Says China's Bo As He Mounts Feisty Defense." (Reuters)

-- "Hannah Anderson Speaks Out, Reveals New Details Of Kidnapping." (The Today Show)

-- "Ichiro Joins Select Group With 4,000th Hit." (MLB.com)

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