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

Doctors across Alabama have received notices from the State Department of Health about the unidentified respiratory illness that has killed two and hospitalized five more.  The Center for Disease Control and the Alabama State Department of Health were investigating a cluster of hospital admissions Wednesday of people that have recently been admitted with flu-like symptoms in southeastern Alabama.  Three remain hospitalized and two have been released.  Dr. Mary McIntyre of the Alabama Department of Public Health said that all of the severe illnesses were accompanied by pneumonia and may have had more than one contributing factor.  Dr. McIntyre says the two people that died had different, but relatively common, forms of influenza. 

Campaign Finance Report Online

Alabama voters will soon be able to learn about candidates' contributions and expenditures without scrolling through page and page of campaign finance reports on their computers.  Secretary of State Beth Chapman said her office's new online campaign finance system will be available to candidates and the public May 29th.  A state law enacted in 2011 provided for the creation of the computer database.  It also required candidates for state offices and political action committees to file their campaign finance reports electronically for the 2014 elections. 

Animal Cruelty Legislation

Animal protection groups are urging Alabama's governor to sign legislation toughening the penalties for animal cruelty.  The Legislature passed a bill on the last night of its session to increase the penalty for animal cruelty from six months maximum to one year maximum.  The bill also adds a definition for torture that can cause the punishment to increase to a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison.