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

A Montgomery man wanted for questioning in connection with the city's fourth homicide of the year turned himself in today.  Montgomery Police had been searching for 26-year-old Harvey Johnson for questioning in the January 8th slaying of 39-year-old Cherokee Johnson.  The victim's remains were found on Foshee Road.  Police said Harvey Johnson also was wanted on an outstanding warrant for second-degree theft. 

Ground Breaking

An automotive supplier is breaking ground on a 300,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Montgomery.  Governor Robert Bentley and other officials will be on hand for a ceremony this afternoon for DAS North America.  The company produces seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles.  The expansion will create about 300 jobs in the Montgomery Industrial Park. 

ASU Alum Scholarship

Alabama State University alumnus Alex Carter has received a Fullbright Scholarship and will soon travel to Australia to research connections between African-Americans and Aboriginal Australians.  He hopes to uncover the ties between the two groups and their role in the Black Power and Black Arts movements of the 1960's and 1970's.  Carter will spend a year in Australia and return to the states to conduct more research to prepare for his dissertation.