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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Governor Robert Bentley is heading to Europe this weekend to sell Alabama to business executives overseas. Specifically, the governor will fly to Paris, France, Friday. He and a delegation will attend the annual Paris Air Show. Bentley said he will focus on recruiting suppliers for the new Airbus manufacturing plant in Mobile. The governor is scheduled to return to the state next Wednesday. List Delayed The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act. School board officials said the announcement by schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled for today and is now rescheduled for next Tuesday at the Gordon Persons Building. Education officials said the release is being delayed due to legal issues related to the Accountability Act. Parents are eligible for tax credits if they transfer students out of schools that are considered as failing under the legislation. Truck Driver Killed State Troopers say a truck driver from Georgia was killed and three others were injured Wednesday morning in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 85 in Macon County. Troopers said 31-year-old Steven Fox of Madison, Georgia died when the tractor trailer he was driving struck another 18-wheeler. Two other vehicles also were hit in the chain-reaction crash. The southbound lanes of I-85 near the Shorter Exit were shut down for several hours Wednesday and traffic was rerouted onto U.S. 80. Tax Fraud Indictment A federal grand jury in Montgomery has returned another indictment involving stolen identities and tax fraud. The U.S. Attorney's office said 24-year-old Christopher Cordelle Davis of Montgomery is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, five counts of aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges that Davis stole more than 600 names from a medical facility in Alabama and prepaid debit cards in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The feds said the names were provided to Jerome Blackmon. He was convicted and is currently serving 51 months in prison. No trial date was announced for Davis. Benjamin Resigning U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says she plans to step down next month after four years as "America's doctor." In an email to staff, the Alabama native said she will remain involved in public health. Benjamin is widely respected for founding a rural health clinic in southwest Alabama, which she kept going although it was wiped out three times by fire and hurricanes.