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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May 15, 2013

Governor Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.  Bentley told chamber of commerce leaders in Montgomery that a delay will give schools time to try to get off the failing list.  The Legislature passed a law in February that provides tax credits for parents who move their children from failing schools to private schools or non-failing public schools.  Bentley says he will sent that bill back with an executive amendment. 

Montgomery's 23rd Homicide

A 54-year-old man is the city's latest homicide victim.  Montgomery Police said Thomas Bracknell was found dead in a residential storage building on McCarter Street Tuesday afternoon.  Police said an autopsy will determine how Bracknell died.  Authorities also said they have identified suspects, but no arrests. 

State Prison Employees

A federal judge in Montgomery has set trials in June and July for two former state prison employees accused in the beating death of an inmate.  Former corrections Lt. Michael Smith and former correctional officer Joseph Sanders had originally been set for trial together in June, but Federal Judge Myron Thompson recently granted a request that they be tried separately.  Smith and Sanders are among four former prison employees indicted in the 2010 beating death of inmate Rocrast Mack at Ventress Prison in Barbour County.  Two other defendants have pleaded guilty to violating Mack's civil  rights and conspiring to cover up how he died.