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 24, 2013

Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road.  Alabama officials announced the extra troopers are the result of the state participating in the nationwide "Click It Or Ticket" campaign to increase the use of safety belts. 

Montgomery's 25th Homicide

Montgomery Police say a 24-year-old man is the city's latest homicide victim.  Officers say Courtney Lawery was found dead from a gunshot wound in the 1000 block of Early Street.  Officers responded to the shooting call Thursday night around 7:45 p.m.  Police said an initial investigation indicated the shooting stemmed from an ongoing altercation between the victim and the suspect.  The shooter was identified, but the name was withheld. 

Bond Issues Signed

Governor Robert Bentley has signed two bonds issues into law, along with a bill changing Alabama's campaign finance law.  A Bentley spokesman said the governor signed a $30 million bond issue to repair six schools damaged by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.  He also approved a $50 million bond issue to purchase equipment for technology programs in public schools.  The other new law signed by the governor removes the limit on how much corporations can give to political candidates in Alabama.  Corporate contributions are now unlimited like individual contributions.  All three bills passed on the Legislature's last meeting day. 

Congressional Gold Medal

Four girls killed in an Alabama church bombing during the civil rights movement are receiving the highest honor Congress gives to civilians.  President Barack Obama signed legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair.  The girls were killed Sept. 15, 1963, when a bomb planted by white supremacists exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.  September will mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing, which helped spur passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.