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 10, 2013

Montgomery Police say a 37-year-old Lowndes County man was killed Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Woodcrest Drive and Selma Highway.  The unidentified driver died when his car collided with a large truck.  A passenger in the car was seriously injured. 

In Russell County, a single vehicle crash on U.S. 431 near the Seale community left three teenagers, ages 13, 15, and a 16-year old dead.  State Troopers said four other passengers were injured when their vehicle plunged off an overpass on U.S. Highway 432 just after 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Dueling Lawsuits

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and Alabama Attorney General have filed dueling lawsuits in federal court.  Mayor Ford contends the AG ignored a legal vote to allow electronic bingo in Macon County when he raided the VictoryLand Casino in February.  Strange also filed a counter suit accusing Ford of harassment and filing a frivolous lawsuit. 

Alabama Democratic Majority

The former chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party says he is not trying to create a new party.  Mark Kennedy has formed a new group, the Alabama Democratic Majority.  Kennedy, a former justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, tells WVAS, his group will focus on grass roots organizing.  Kennedy said the Alabama Democratic Majority has opened offices in Montgomery and Birmingham. 

Updyke Release

The man who poisoned the oaks at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn University campus is scheduled to be released today.  Harvey Updyke is scheduled to be released from the Lee County jail after serving the remainder of his 6-month sentence.  Updyke pleaded guilty in March to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility.  Under his probation, Updyke is forbidden from attending any collegiate sports event, will have a 7 p.m. curfew and is banned from Auburn University.  Meanwhile, Lee County prosecutors are seeking $1 million dollars in restitution. 

ASU Child Care Training

Alabama State University and Baptist Medical Center South are partnering for the state's first ever Child/ Health Summer program.  The Patient Safety and Medical Simulation and Training program is a chance for student to get hands on experience with child delivery, child health and maternal health.  Dr. Steven Chesbro, ASU Dean of the College of Health Sciences is excited about what his students will learn over the summer.  Twelve ASU students will complete the program in July.