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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Jun 19, 2013

Four Montgomery men are behind bars charged in connection with three home invasions.  Montgomery police say the suspects are 35-year-old Wareese Dorch, 33-year-old Chad Hogan, 31-year-old Alvin Woods and 27-year-old Tidera Harris who is charged in the Bell Road home invasion.  Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the investigation shows the crimes were targeted.  The men are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  The bonds for the men range from $480,000 dollars up to $1.5  million dollars. 

BP Leaving

BP clean-up crews will no longer be sweeping Alabama's beaches for tar balls on a regular basis.  The decision has been made by the government and the oil company to limit tar ball removal along the Gulf Coast to as-needed operations.  Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said the tar balls are generally only showing up after a storm when the surf is rough. 

School Choice Law

The leaders of two Alabama private school organizations don't expect many new students to apply in the wake of a law providing tax credits for students transferring from failing schools.  The executive director of the Alabama Christian Education Association, Robin Mears said expects less than 100 transfers to his member schools.  The Alabama Independent School Association, executive director Randy Skipper, said he hasn't heard about any students inquiring about transferring.  They cited two reasons, the list of 78 is shorter than originally anticipated and middle schools make up much of the list, with a few high schools. 

Missing Child Found

Authorities have found a missing 10-month-old Birmingham boy in Dallas, Texas, with the 14-year-old girl who allegedly took him from a home in Birmingham.  Authorities said both children are safe and police say they will be returned to Alabama.  The Department of Public Safety issued an alert for 10-month-old De'Anthony Dejuan Kelly and 14-year-old Dor'Sayde Gathright after the baby was reported missing early Monday morning.