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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Jun 3, 2013

Montgomery Police say a second suspect is behind bars in connection with a recent fatal shooting.  Police said 22-year-old Nicholas Harris was charged with a single court of capital murder on Sunday after Harris turned himself in at the Luverne Police Department.  Harris and 23-year-old Joshua Sanders, also of Montgomery, are accused in the May 24th slaying of 32-year-old Darrell Howard Jr.  Police said Howard was gunned down following a dispute over a traffic collision at the intersection of Brookview and Dyas Drives in a north Montgomery neighborhood.  Harris and Sanders are being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Double Murder-Suicide

Authorities in Selma have released the names of two people who were shot to death Sunday afternoon in an apparent double murder-suicide.  The Selma-Times Journal Newspaper reports the victims were 28-year-old Keoshia Hill and 59-year-old Bill Jackson, both of Selma.  Selma Police said an off duty officer identified as 28-year-old Dwight Moorer shot and killed the two victims and then committed suicide.  Moorer had served on the Selma police force for five years and also served two tours in Iraq.  The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation. 

Audio Recordings Release

Newly released recordings show a six-day bunker standoff in southeast Alabama in February began with school bus driver, Charles Poland stubbornly refusing to hand over children to the gunman-Jimmy Lee Dykes.  Dykes shot the bus driver to death moments later.  It started the drama that ended with FBI Agents storming the underground shelter in Midland City to free a five-year-old boy.