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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WVAS Local News

Jun 13, 2013

No arrests announced yet in the home invasion robbery that occurred Thursday morning in Montgomery.  Police are looking for a group of suspects that confronted some residents as they were leaving a home in the 100 block of Charleston Court near Bell Road.  Police said the robbers then fled on foot, running toward Atlanta Highway. 

Park Crossing Tour

Members of the media toured the new Park Crossing High School Thursday in east Montgomery.  The school's massive layout of 165,000 square feet sits on 54 acres of land and is designed to expand from 300 students scheduled this year up to 1,200 students at full capacity.  Park Crossing is slated to open in the fall with ninth and tenth graders. 

Distracted Driving

Hands free driving as opposed to using your phone's keyboard to send and receive text messages may not be as safe as previously thought, according to a recent study by Triple A.  Researchers say speech-to-text systems that enable drivers to send, scroll through and delete messages require greater concentration.  According to Public Relations Director for Triple A Clay Ingram, the lack of concentration is what poses the greatest threat. 

Urban Education Award

Two Alabama schools have been given the National Excellence in Urban Education Award.  Morris Slingluff Elementary School in Dothan and Glen Iris Elementary in Birmingham were both cited for their academic achievement in high poverty neighborhoods.  State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice commends the schools for overcoming the stereotype.  Only 16 schools nationwide were honored as Urban Education Award Winners.