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 4, 2013

The president of the Wetumpka Tea Party will join other conservative groups in the nation's capitol to have their say about the Internal Revenue Service.  Becky Gerritson of Wetumpka and leaders of other groups are scheduled to tell federal lawmakers today that their applications for tax-exempt status were delayed.  A report by an IRS inspector general said agents singled out conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections. 

Political Fliers

A Republican legislator from Montgomery said he's upset about fliers that criticize him for supporting the Alabama Accountability Act.  The fliers are titled "Jay Love Stuff" and "More Bang for Your Buck."  The Advertiser Newspaper reports the fliers were distributed by an unknown group based in Carrollton, Georgia.  Rep. Love told the paper that he considers the fliers to be sleazy.  The group also used similar mailings to target Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn. 

Hyundai's All-Time Record

The Hyundai car brand remains a hot seller.  The automaker report sales during the month of May set an all-time record.  Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama said sales were led by the Montgomery-made Elantra compact, jumping 33 percent over the same period in May 2012.  Hyundai's overall sales were up 2 percent.  The Sonata car, also built in Montgomery, topped 20,000 sales in May.  The automaker said the Montgomery plant manufactured a record 37,374 vehicles in May. 

Fighting Hunger

More than 400 Future Farmers of America student from across the state are headed to Montgomery to fight hunger.  The FFA says the students plan to pack and donate 40,000 take-home meals to food banks.  Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House budget committee Chairman Jay Love of Montgomery are scheduled to help the students Wednesday during the FFA state convention.