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 17, 2013

Acting Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Dr. Don Williamson introduced a proposed map of how the state will be divided in its new managed-care system.  The map is composed of five regions, including north, west, central/east, central/southeast and southwest.  Dr.  Williamson says many variations of the map were discussed.  The Commissioner says this map could still be tweaked some more.  A public comment period will last until the first of August.  Formulating a regional map is just the first step in Alabama's move from a fee-for-service method for Medicaid to a fixed payment approach. 

Oak Park Contest

Oak Park is registered in the "Take it to the Park" contest sponsored by Coca Cola.  The top cash prize in the online face-off is $100,000 dollars which goes to the park that gets the most votes on Coke's Live Positively website.  City of Montgomery Planning Director Robert Smith says winning the money would be a boon for the park and the city. 

Deadly ATV Accident

Authorities in Jefferson County say a 14-year-old boy has died in an ATV accident.  The county coroner says 14-year-old Steven Max Herring was riding at ATV and crashed into a utility pole Sunday afternoon.  Authorities says the vehicle overturned and trapped the teen beneath it.  Officials say Herring was wearing a seatbelt but was not wearing a helmet.