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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit


Wal-Mart Fumes Over D.C. Council Wage Vote

Jul 11, 2013
Originally published on July 18, 2013 4:52 pm



Wal-Mart is changing its plans for the nation's capital. The company says it won't be building stores in Washington, D.C., after the city council passed a law requiring big-box retailers to pay what's known as a living wage.

Patrick Madden of member station WAMU has the story.

PATRICK MADDEN, BYLINE: Before the vote, Wal-Mart issued city lawmakers an ultimatum: kill the living wage bill, or it would pull the plug on three stores it has planned to build in the nation's capital.

The bill requires certain big-box retailers to pay its workers $12.50 an hour, a 50 percent increase above the city's minimum wage. Wal-Mart called the bill discriminatory. It exempts stores with union workers, for example.

But the retailer's threats did little to sway the D.C. Council. It passed the bill 8 to 5. Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry criticized Wal-Mart's hardball tactics.

MARION BARRY: That's a stick-up, without a gun, and I'm not going to be stuck up.

MADDEN: But councilmember Tommy Wells - who opposed the living wage bill - admitted that while Wal-Mart isn't, in his words, the best citizen...

TOMMY WELLS: I view it as a job-killer. We do need our minimum-wage jobs. We need our low-wage jobs.

MADDEN: Two stores that Wal-Mart says it will not build have been planned for neighborhoods that have struggled for decades to attract development and retail and have much greater unemployment that the rest of the city.

The pressure is now on Mayor Vincent Gray, who could veto the legislation. A similar bill was passed by the Chicago City Council seven years ago. It was vetoed by then-mayor Richard Daley.

Gray says he has serious concerns over the council's action, but has not indicated what he will do.

For NPR News, I'm Patrick Madden in Washington. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.