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 14, 2013

Business owners can receive free training about Alabama's new law that lets people keep guns in their vehicles while at work.  The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and a management labor law firm collaborated on the project.  State Director of the NFIB Rosemary Elebash says the webinar seeks to bring all business owners up to speed on recent modifications to Alabama's gun laws.  The webinar can be accessed by going to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System website. 

Trial Delayed

Federal Judge Myron Thompson has delayed the start of a trial for an ex-prison supervisor accused of fatally beating an inmate.  The trial of Michael Smith was to start Friday morning in Montgomery, but the judge said he wanted the weekend to consider whether defense attorneys have racially discriminatory reasons for rejecting four black potential jurors. 

Russell Brands

Executives with sporting goods and apparel maker Russell Brands say they will close a distribution plant in Wetumpka by the end of the year, leaving nearly 200 workers without jobs.  The Bowling Green company announced the permanent closure of the Alabama plant, with distributes Spalding equipment such as footballs and basketballs.