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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VIDEO: A-Rod Gets Plunked, Then Gets Revenge

Aug 19, 2013
Originally published on August 19, 2013 2:00 pm

There was high drama Sunday night at Boston's Fenway Park. In the second inning, Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches that sure seemed to be designed to hit New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, of course, is appealing a 211-game suspension for allegedly violating baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He's not the most popular person in baseball these days — at least not among players who haven't used performance-enhancing drugs. And being a Yankee, he was already hated in Boston.

It was on the fourth pitch that Dempster plunked Rodriguez in the elbow and side. That led to warnings to both teams and an angry tirade from Yankees manager Joe Girardi (because Dempster wasn't ejected). Girardi was the one who ended up being tossed from the game. Boston fans loved it all.

But the story doesn't end there. As ESPN explains, A-Rod "responded to being hit by a pitch the best way he knows how — with a home run." His sixth-inning blast "carried New York to a 9-6 win."

After the game, Rodriguez was asked if he thought Dempster should be punished. According to ESPN, A-Rod responded with a smile and said, "I'm the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions."

Dempster, by the way, says he wasn't trying to hit Rodriguez. "I was just trying to pitch him inside," the pitcher said after the game.

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