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 29, 2013

Members of Montgomery's religious community are getting involved in the fight against violent crimes.  Montgomery Police have begun recruiting pastors and ministers to provide support to victims at crime scenes.  The program called Operation Good Shepard will begin this summer.  Montgomery Police said the program is modeled after a similar initiative in Dayton, Ohio.  A session outlining the Good Shepard program will be held June 6th at Gateway Lodge on Davenport Drive at 6:30 p.m.

Inmate Homicide

Alabama prison officials say an inmate was stabbed to death at a prison in Bibb County.  Authorities say 22-year-old Steven Edward Geiman was fatally stabbed in a fight with another inmate, 29-year-old William Gilchrist, Sunday evening at the Bibb County Correctional Facility.  Geiman is at least the second Alabama prison inmate to be stabbed to death in a week.  Another inmate, 54-year-old Anthony Jones, was stabbed to death during a fight at the Donaldson Prison in Bessemer on May 19th. 

Teen's Guilty Plea

The Huntsville teenager accused in a fatal middle school shooting 3 years ago has pleaded guilty to murder.  Hammad Memon appeared in Madison County Superior Court Montgomery and pleaded guilty in the death of 14-year-old Todd Brown.  Brown was shot at Discovery Middle School in February 2010.  His plea agreement includes a 30-year prison sentence, court costs and restitution to the victim's family and the state. 

Legislative Bills

The end of this year's legislative session left several issues unresolved, and lawmakers say they're looking to revisit them during the next session.  Democratic Representative John Knight says he'll look at again introduce a bill aimed at reducing or eliminating sales taxes on groceries.  Some bills that are introduced annually only to die at the end of each session eventually do pass.  This session saw the enactment of Caylee's Law, a bill that requires missing children to be reported promptly.