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 12, 2013

A 34-year-old Montgomery man is behind bars charged in connection with the city's 24th homicide of the year.  Montgomery Police said Willie Johnson faces a single count of murder in the May 23rd shooting death of 24-year-old Courtney Lawery.  The victim was shot dead in the 100 block of Early Street.  Detectives said Lawery's death stemmed from an ongoing dispute he had with Johnson.  Johnson's bond was set at $75,000 dollars. 

Ford Comments

Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee has fired back at comments Attorney General Luther Strange made about the lawsuit claiming that he violated the Voting Rights Act.  Strange said in a statement that among other things the lawsuit that Ford and others have filed is frivolous and harassing.  Ford said the citizens of Macon County are the victims, not the attorney general. 

Hayneville Fire

A large fire broke out at the Hayneville Plaza around 11:30 p.m., severely damaging several businesses.  Local Volunteer Fire Departments were involved in extinguishing the blaze.  State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said a cause has not yet been determined.  He says multiple businesses were damaged, though luckily no injuries were reported.