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 22, 2013

Alabama health officials say a mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in the southeastern part of the state.  The state Department of Public Health says the seven people were admitted to hospitals in the Dothan area with a fever, cough and shortness of breath.  Lab tests from all seven are being analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control.  Health officials are urging hospital staff to wear masks when caring for patients suffering from respiratory problems. 

ASU Landmark

The board of the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation has authorized $1.2 million dollars in bond money for a landmark voting rights center in the capitol city.  A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail.  Montgomery Rep. Thad McClammy championed the proposal.  he said he hopes the Montgomery Voting Rights Center will be open by March 2015, the 50th anniversary of the historic struggle. 

Montgomery City Council

A Montgomery nightclub has been ordered to go out of business.  The action was taken Tuesday by the Montgomery City Council.  City council members voted 8 to nothing to revoke the business license of the Blaze Bar and Grill for failure to pay taxes and for failing to prove the establishment is a restaurant. 

Graduation Party Shooting

A high school graduation party in Huntsville turned violent sending four teenagers to the hospital late last night.  Police in Huntsville said the shooting left a female and three males injured.  The unidentified female was shot in the abdomen, the others sustained gunshot wounds to the legs.  Huntsville Police have been looking for the shooter.