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 18, 2013

Realtors in Montgomery are upset with the Kiplinger website for reporting that the city of Montgomery experienced the largest drop in homes prices in cities with populations of 250,000 or more.  The article by the business magazine states home prices in the capital city declined 14.5 percent for the year ending March 31st.  Mugs Mullins, president of the Montgomery Association of Realtors, said Kiplinger's is not true.  Mullins said he plans to contact the magazine. 

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

States cannot require voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before they can use a federal voter registration system designed to make it easier to sign up.  That 7-2 ruling comes from the U.S. Supreme Court.  It involves a requirement that was approved by Arizona voters.  But four other states, including Alabama, have similar requirements.  The justices rejected the law forcing voters to document their citizenship in order to use the registration form produced under the federal "Motor Voter" law. 

Paris Air Show

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange is attending the Paris Air Show this week.  According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Strange is part of a state delegation headed by Governor Robert Bentley.  The group is in France hopes to lure suppliers for the new Airbus Assembly plant under construction in Mobile.  The paper said the Alabama delegation held meetings with 12 companies that specialize in aerospace and aviation related products. 

Smith Trial

A former prison guard who pleaded guilty in an inmate beating told a federal jury Monday that a prison supervisor instructed officers to kill inmate Rocrast Mack.  Former correctional officer Scottie Glenn testified Monday on the opening day of testimony in the trial of former Lt. Michael Smith in Montgomery.  Smith is accused of fatally beating Mack in 2010 and conspiring to cover up the death.  The defense said Smith was responding to an officer's call for help and was doing his job based on limited information.  Glenn has pleaded guilty to violating the inmate's civil rights and conspiracy.  Testimony resumes today in Montgomery federal court.