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 29, 2013

In an ongoing effort to improve relations between police and the public, the entire force is undergoing a newly developed training course this week at the Montgomery Police Academy.  Police Chief Kevin is hopeful the emphasis on the way an officer approaches a crime scene or a victim will produce benefits now and later.  Dr. Earnest Blackshear, a clinical psychologist at Alabama State University helped develop the course and also teaches it.  The training is also part of the new Victim Service Officer program at the Montgomery Police Department. 

2nd Annual World's Widest Yard Sale

This year more cities are being added to the 2nd Annual World's Widest Yard Sale.  The event which begins Friday, stretches along Highway 80 and now will include cities like Ft. Deposit, Camden, Monroeville and Troy.  Clothes, furniture, dishwares and collectibles are among the items up for sale.  The event starts Friday and runs through June 2nd.  WVAS-FM will be participating Friday at Angie's Auction in Selma, music lovers will be able to purchase CDs and LPs of some of their favorite jazz and blues artists. 

Young Running for Congressional Seat

Dean Young is announcing that he plans to run for the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.  Young, an entrepreneur and businessman said he would work to create jobs, shrink the size of the federal government and return the nation to Christian principles.  Alabama's 1st Congressional District is in southwestern Alabama and includes Mobile.  Bonner, a six-term Republican recently announced that he's resigning from Congress effective in August to take a post with the University of Alabama system. 

Boy Scouts of America

An Alabama pastor says a Boy Scout troop will no longer be allowed to meet at his church after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members.  First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker tells WBRC-TV that as a pastor and a Christian, he can't allow a group "to openly support a sinful lifestyle under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena."  The Greater Alabama Council Boy Scouts said in a statement that if churches prevent them from meeting as a result of the national decision, they will work with troops to find other sites.