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 15, 2013

Governor Bentley has heaped praise on state lawmakers for their work in the 2013 regular session.  The governor was in Gulf Shores Tuesday to sign a bill that would restore the Gulf State Park with a new hotel and conference center.  Bentley said legislators deserve credit for revamping the Medicaid system, state gun laws, school safety and approving the Accountability Act.  The governor said the current legislative session, which ends May 20th, is the best session the state has ever had. 

MPS Changes

The Montgomery County School Board is looking at making changes to the system's alternative schools.  At its Tuesday meeting, school officials discussed a new program, called Second Chance.  The program would put more emphasis on student behavior and would require parents to be involved.  On another matter, the final plans for the possible consolidation of Lanier and Carver High Schools remain undecided. 

Rapist Guilty Plea

A Montgomery man has pleaded guilty to luring five women to vacant apartments and raping them between February and April of last year.  Prosecutors said Roderikus Alloway pleaded guilty to five counts of rape and burglary, six counts of sodomy and a count of sexual abuse.  Investigators say the man would contact women through Facebook or on other forms of social media, get their number and start texting them.  Authorities say DNA evidence linked Alloway to the attacks and he is scheduled to be June 13th. 

Body Found

The body of a NASCAR fan who was reported missing after a race has been found in a creek near the Talladega Superspeedway.  A deputy coroner in Talladega County said of 28-year-old Nick Bower, of Villa Rica, Georgia, was found by an Etowah County Sheriff's Office helicopter.  Bower came the NASCAR race and was reported missing May 4th.