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 16, 2013

The last Amnesty program in Montgomery was offered in September, 2009.  Mayor Todd Strange says it was an enormous success.  Another amnesty event will take place the first two Saturdays in June.  People whose last name begins with A to M are offered the program at the Municipal Court on June 1st.  Those with last names starting with N to Z will be handled on June 8th.  Times are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days.  The amnesty only covers traffic tickets totaling less than $2,500 dollars.  The program removes certain fees, eliminates warrants for arrest and allows the option of payment plans. 

Robbery Suspects Arrested

Three suspects have been arrested in Montgomery in the beating and stabbing of 54-year-old Thomas Bracknell.  Montgomery police have charged 31-year-old Mitchell Bracknell, 18-year-old Brandon Bracknell and 24-year-old William Kyle Richards with capital murder.  Brandon and Mitchell are the nephews to Thomas Bracknell.  The men are accused of beating and stabbing Bracknell to death and leaving his body in a storage shed behind his home on McCarter Avenue.  The men are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond.  Bracknell's death marks the city's 23rd homicide of the year. 

Four Killed in Car Accident

State troopers say four people were killed in a one-car wreck in west Alabama.  They say it happened when a Ford Explorer carrying eight people crashed Wednesday on U.S, 11 between Eutaw and Knoxville in Greene County.  Two survivors were taken to Children's Hospital in Birmingham and two others were taken to hospitals in Tuscaloosa and Greene County.