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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Video Shows Truck's Cab Crossing Tracks, Just Before Train

May 31, 2013
Originally published on May 31, 2013 1:00 pm

New video has emerged of Tuesday's freight train derailment near Baltimore, Md., that caused a huge explosion and led to the area being evacuated. Many people captured the crash's aftermath on camera.

Surveillance camera footage released Thursday gives a more detailed view of the collision that caused the derailment, as the CSX train's engine is seen striking a commercial truck just after its cabin has crossed the tracks.

As another view from the same business shows, the crash sparks a roaring fire that lasts for minutes before a powerful explosion, at the 6:20 mark, seems to knock the camera off its mounting.

Thankfully, no one was killed in the incident. Eyder reported earlier this week that "two people on the train were not injured and the person driving the truck was taken to a hospital."

Investigators say the train was traveling at 49 miles an hour, reports WBAL radio, which identifies the source of the video as "Mike Tobias, owner of Eastern Truck and Trailer, a trucking company located along the railroad tracks where the crash occurred."

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