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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Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

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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May 14, 2013

The Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force held a press conference Tuesday to promote safety on Memorial Day weekend through the summer.  The Alabama Marine Police are one of nine agencies making up the task force.  A prominent theme running through each agencies' safety tips is to curb alcohol use. 

Airbus Aircraft

Governor Robert Bentley said the Montgomery area could benefit from the new Airbus Aircraft factory under construction in Mobile.  The governor said the Airbus Assembly plant could generate up to 4,000 new jobs from supply companies.  Bentley said a new state law limiting manufacturer liability in airplane accidents should help the state attract suppliers. 

Disaster Workshop

The city of Prattville is hosting a Disaster Response and Recovery Workshop this week.  Local elected officials along with county emergency management directors are participating in the conference.  The workshop is sponsored by the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.  The seminar will run through May 16th. 

LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour will have two tournaments in Alabama again starting in 2014.  The tour announced that the Alabama LPGA Classic will return to the schedule next year, held on part of the Robert Trent Jones Trail.  The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will be the presenting partner of both LPGA event in Alabama.