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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Alabama's school Accountability Act may undergo some changes.  Governor Robert Bentley told members of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Monday that he is reviewing the act and is considering sending it back to the Legislature with executive amendments by mid-week.  The bill will give tuition grants for students to transfer from failing schools. Bentley told the chamber at a breakfast meeting, the law was never designed to help private education. 

Guilty Pleas

Five of the six males charged in connection with the September 2011 shootings at Montgomery Oak Park have all pleaded guilty to multiple counts of assault.  The plea deals were announced Monday by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.  Otis Jones, Thaddeus Jones, Samdriquez Hall, Reshaude Blue and Quintell Tarrance entered guilty pleas for their roles in the shooting spree that left nine people including two children, injured.  A sixth co-defendant, Marvin Gaston, will be tried at a later date.  A seventh male charged in the Oak Park shootings, Laddarin McCall was convicted last November and was sentenced to 120 years in prison.