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 28, 2013

Alabamians gathered at cemeteries, memorials and monuments to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day.  Veterans and area residents attended Memorial Day ceremonies at the VA Medical Center on Perry Hill Road; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Wetumpka; the Autauga County Courthouse and at Greenwood Cemetery where members of the Vietnam Veterans of America honored four members who recently died. 

2014 Legislative Elections

Alabama Democrats cried foul when Republican pushed through a sweeping education law that will create new income tax credits to help some parents pay private school tuition.  Now, with the session over, leading party figures tell the Decatur Daily they'll use the Republicans' act as a primary issue in the 2014 legislative elections.  Senator Roger Bedford of Russellville says he believes the law will lead to dozens of Republicans losing re-election. 

Montgomery Shooting

Montgomery Police say they suspect a car crash played a role in a fatal shooting that is the city's 26th homicide of the year.  32-year-old Darrell Howard Jr.  was shot dead Friday night near the intersection of Brookview and Dyas Drives.  The alleged shooter, 23-year-old Joshua Sanders of Montgomery turned himself in at police headquarters on Sunday. 

Pike Road School Board

The town of Pike Road has it first ever school board.  The Pike Road Town Council met this morning and appointed five people to the panel, they are: Casey Davis, Ray Hawthorne, Tommy Ratliff, Morgan Simpson and Linda Ware.  Former state Superintendent of Education Dr. Ed Richardson and four others were appointed to served on the Pike Road Education Leadership Committee.  Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone said construction on a K-8th school will begin around the end of the year.  The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.