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 21, 2013

Alabama's unemployment dropped slightly in May to 6.8 percent.  The Alabama Department of Labor reports the May jobless rate was down from 6.9 percent in April.  Three counties in the Black Belt region recorded the highest jobless numbers, Wilcox at 14.7, Perry at 12.6 and Dallas at 12.5 percent.  Shelby County's unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in May was the lowest among the 67 counties. 

Montgomery Arson

A Montgomery man faces an arson charge in connection with a late night fire that heavily damaged an apartment on Woodley Road.  AL.com reports police investigators arrested 30-year-old Antonio Tyson and charged him with first degree arson.  Tyson reportedly confessed to setting the blaze in the 3000 block of Woodley Road.  The fire caused an estimated $300,000 dollars in damage.  No one was hurt.

Farm Bill

The House defeated a five-year, nearly one-trillion dollar farm bill that would have cut more than $40 billion dollars from projected spending in farm and nutrition programs over the next ten years.  Director of National Legislative Programs for the Alabama Farmer's Federation, Mitt Walker said the defeat was surprising.  He believes the bill was derailed by the level of cuts to the nutrition program along with some late amendments to include work requirements.  Lawmakers could push for an extension of the 2008 farm bill or negotiate a new bill and try again.