Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

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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.

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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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Volkswagen To End VW Van Production

Sep 24, 2013
Originally published on September 24, 2013 9:13 am



That's nice. Today's last word in business is: Hippie Bus. It was the ride of choice during the Summer of Love. The Volkswagen van. We are told Steve Jobs sold his in the '70s in order to buy a circuit board. Well, that iconic van is soon to be made no more.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Many owners gave their names because they were idiosyncratic, colorful cheap and had a tendency to break down. Full disclosure, ours was called Gertie.

The VW van has been used across the Americas and Europe for everything - from road trips to see the Grateful Dead - to transporting soldiers in Brazil. And indeed, it's here in Brazil where, it's called a Kombi - that the VW van will take its final ride and chug into the history books.

Brazil is the last place in the world still producing the bus, as its known in the U.S. It's a regular feature of life here; many are converted into food trucks or school buses.

According to the company, production will end at the end of the year. The reason? Every vehicle in Brazil must have air bags by 2014. And according to the AP, Volkswagen says it can't change production to comply with the new safety regulations.

But even though there won't be new ones available, don't expect to stop seeing them on the road. VW has produced more than 10 million since the model was introduced 63 years ago in Germany. And because they're so easy to fix, they last.

If you are in Brazil, you can still buy a piece of the magic. Volkswagen Brazil is turning the final few into special editions.

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR News, Sao Paulo.


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