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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What You Need To Know About Changes Coming From Apple

Jun 10, 2013
Originally published on June 10, 2013 6:54 pm

If you opt for the upgrade, changes are coming to your iPhone experience this fall. And if you want to shell out some cash right away, the latest line of MacBook Air computers boasts a lot more power and battery life, and the machines are available to ship today.

Apple chiefs announced their latest products and improvements Monday as part of the keynote at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

We kept an eye on the two-hour presentation so you didn't have to. The highlights:

iOS 7 Changes Include Improvements To Siri

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls the new iOS 7 the "biggest change" to Apple's mobile operating system since the introduction of the iPhone six years ago. The new operating system offers 10 new features, including multitasking for all apps and background updates, and it strips away the old look in favor of flatter design. The Verge reports:

"The new design is evident in everything from sharper, flatter icons, slimmer fonts, a new slide-to-unlock function, and a new control panel that slides up from bottom for frequently accessed settings. The stock apps have all been redesigned — including a major revamp of the weather app with new animations that are scarily reminiscent of the Yahoo's great-looking Weather app."

As part of the upgrade, Siri is also getting a makeover. Users will be able to personalize Siri down to the voice preference, meaning you can now choose a man's voice instead of a computerized female sound. And Siri can now speak French and German, with more languages to come.

iOS 7 will be available for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 and later.

New Versions Of Mac Pro, MacBook Air

While the new iOS 7 won't be available until the fall, a new line of MacBook Airs is available today. The computers use Intel's low-powered Haswell processor and boast battery life that lasts "all day," according to Apple — that's an estimated nine hours on a single charge. The 11-inch and 13-inch models start at $999 and $1,099, respectively.

The latest Mac Pro also got a striking new look. It's now shaped like a cylinder and is no bigger than a water bottle. "Can't innovate anymore, my ass," said Apple's Marketing Vice President Phil Schiller, referring to critics who say Apple has been in a serious funk.

The company's reputation hasn't been helped by its relationship with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, whose factory workers committed a string of suicides and have been the target of reports of questionable workplace safety. Perhaps in response to the negative PR, Apple emphasized that the Mac Pro, which goes on sale later this year, will be assembled in the U.S.

No More Cat Names: Mavericks Is The New Mac OSX Software

Following a long line of cat-named operating systems, the latest is called Mavericks, named after a California surfing location. Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi said that rather than continue naming its systems after cats, it wanted to create branding that would last for the next decade. Among the Mavericks' improvements are improved battery life and faster performance, support for multiple displays, and finder tabs — like browser tabs but inside the Mac file folder windows. Wired has an excellent rundown of all the upgrades in Mavericks, including "App Nap," which will preserve processing resources, and under-the-hood changes to the Safari browser.

iTunes Radio Unveiled

As expected, Apple debuted iTunes Radio, its streaming music service that will compete with Pandora. Much like Pandora, users will be able to create radio "stations" based on songs they're listening to and share them with friends. iTunes radio will be built into all Apple software, including the new iOS, OS X and Apple TV. So Apple will have a user base, if an uphill climb in the competition for market share. Pandora currently holds about 70 percent of Internet radio market. Tune in to Tuesday's Morning Edition for NPR correspondent Laura Sydell's report on how Pandora got to its reigning position.

Whether these "biggest" changes will change the trajectory for Apple is unclear. Its stock has plunged since this time last year, and the growth in sales of its smartphones is slowing. As the Los Angeles Times reported, analysts say that with the growth in iPhone sales slowing "it's more essential that Apple strengthen its software and services to retain customers and find other ways to drive more revenue."

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