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 20, 2013

An automotive supplier in the River Region is breaking ground on a 300,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Montgomery.  Mayor Todd Strange, Governor Robert Bentley and other officials will participate in a ceremony today at Montgomery Industrial Park for DAS North America.  The company produces seats for Hyundai and Kia vehicles.  Mayor Strange returned to Montgomery this week from the Paris Air Show.  Strange said he held discussions with aerospace supply companies. 

Capital Murder Case

A Montgomery man is wanted for questioning in connection with a capital murder case.  Authorities have been searching for 26-year-old Harvey Johnson.  He's wanted for theft and for questioning in the capital murder of Cherokee Johnson, the victim was found shot to death on Foshee Road on January 8th.  Anyone with information regarding Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP. 

Telephone Scam

Beware of a telephone scam.  The warning comes from the Montgomery Police Department to local businesses.  Police said solicitors are calling businesses and telling them they have a late utility bill and that the utility will be turned off if they do not pay.  The scam artist is asking the business to put money on a green dot card and call them with the card number so they can receive a payment.  Montgomery Police want businesses who received the solicitation to contact their utility company before making any payment.  They also ask businesses to call MPD at 625-2831. 

Apartment Fire

Montgomery Firefighters battled a late night fire that damaged several apartments at the Woodley Oaks Complex on Woodley Road.  Firefighters said no one was hurt.  Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.