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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Yes, Your Cat Can Get A Movie Deal

May 30, 2013
Originally published on May 30, 2013 11:54 am

"Mr. Lashes, 34 years old, is an agent for Internet cats."

That's a quote from The Wall Street Journal in an article about Ben Lashes, who recently landed a movie deal for Grumpy Cat, the online sensation rapidly becoming an industry. G-Cat has a book deal, too, and is at BookExpo America this week to promote it. You know, like any author.

Lashes was also Keyboard Cat's agent. Remember Keyboard Cat?

Apparently, none of this is made up.

I really don't know what to tell you about the phenomenon of Internet cats having an agent that specializes in their unique needs, but any story that includes the story of how an agent told a man to replace his dead cat with a new cat in order to make more YouTube videos must be read to be believed.

In the meantime, I suggest you go home and say something about all this to your cat. "Fluffy," you should say, "while you are sitting here eating and using the litterbox and purring, other cats are participating in the march of global online commerce and helping to pay the bills."

If you have children, they probably already have ideas about how to capitalize on your cat's charm. I know my sister and I were visionaries in our interest in creating Unwillingly Wearing A Party Hat Cat and Unwillingly Riding On Its Back In A Toy Baby Carriage Trapped Under Several Stuffed Animals Cat.

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