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 11, 2013

An Alabama law that was inspired by the infamous case of missing Florida child Caylee Anthony in 2011 was singed by Governor Robert Bentley Monday.  The legislation titled "Caylee's Law" was approved by the legislature in the recent regular session.  The bill was authored by Birmingham Representative Juandalyn Givan and Prattville Senator Bryan Taylor.  The new law goes into effect on August 1st. 

Sweltering Weather

Prepare for some scalding temperatures this week as the National Weather Service is predicting highs in the mid to upper 90s by Wednesday.  Staff meteorologist for the weather service Aaron Gleason says that's about ten degrees above normal for early June, but it's not unprecedented.  He says people should take the usual precautions.  Gleason says the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a slight chance that the months of June, July and August will be warmer than usual. 

Doorway Stand

Governor George C. Wallace stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama and tried to black two black students from enrolling on this date, 50 years ago.  Daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, says her family has lived in the shadow of the schoolhouse door ever since.  She also said she wants to give hope to people by showing that families can change. 

Drug Trafficking

The Justice Department said ten people were sentenced last week for their roles in a drug trafficking ring that sold powder cocaine in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga Counties.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins sentenced the ten individuals after they were convicted following a two and a half week trial in February or they pleaded guilty.  The stiffest prison term was given to Willie Jerome Davis of Elmore, he was sentenced to life in prison.  The other nine defendants received prison sentences ranging from 360 months to 72 months in federal prison.