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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Jun 7, 2013

Governor Robert Bentley says he has no immediate plans to expand the state's Medicaid program under the new federal health care law.  Bentley made the comments Thursday after he signed legislation to change how doctors and hospitals are paid.  Medicaid will move from a fee-for-service program to one offering managed care through several regional organizations.  The governor said prescriptions are the next phase of Medicaid that he wants to address.  Bentley said he also plans to address nursing homes and dental care after prescriptions. 

Operation Good Shepard

Members of the clergy soon will be working alongside Montgomery Police officers to help curb violent crime.  The program is called Operation Good Shepard.  Local religious leaders gathered at Gateway Park Thursday evening to learn how the anti-crime program would work.  Bishop Keith Moore of the flock of Impact Christian Church in Montgomery said he will participate and believes people need encouragement.  Police said all participants in the Operation Good Shepard initiative will attend four training sessions, a patrol-ride along and a graduation. 

Montgomery Man Arrested

A 31-year old Montgomery man is being held in the Montgomery County Jail charged with shooting a man on Crenshaw Street earlier this week.  Montgomery Police said Keku Davis was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault in Monday's shooting.  Police said the male, whose name was withheld, initially suffered a life threatening injury, but has since improved and is now listed in serious but stable condition. 

Candidacy Announcement

A Montgomery attorney has announced his candidacy for Montgomery County Circuit Court judge.  J.R. Gaines outlines his platform Thursday on the steps of the Montgomery Courthouse.  Gaines said he wants to be a judge for all the people.  Longtime Circuit Judge Charles Price plans to retire at the end of his term.