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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The annual Kids Count report card has been released today ranking states according to the well-being of children.  Alabama comes in at number 44 in the country for 2013, actually, an improvement from last year when the state ranked 45th.  Alabama made its most substantial improvement in the Health category, moving from a rank of 41 in 2012 to 35 this year.  The survey is released each year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation using four overall criteria: Economic Well-being, Education, health and Family and Community. 

Governor Bentley in Mobile

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is expected to speak at the Alabama Community College Presidents Association summer conference.  Bentley is slated to discuss the role of the state's community colleges in education, workforce development and job creation at the meeting today.  The conference is being hosted at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile. 

Inmate Abuse Allegations

Allegations of inmate abuse at Alabama's female prison and inmate being beaten to death at a male prison have pointed to a lack of security cameras in state prisons.  Testimony in a federal court trial in Montgomery has noted the lack of cameras to record what happened on the night an inmate was beaten and stomped at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton.  Allegations of inmate abuse at Tutwiler Prison for Women led to a federal report pointing out the need for cameras.  The Legislature voted recently to fund cameras for Tutwiler.  But the chairman of the Legislature's prison oversight committee, Sen. Cam Ward, says more are needed throughout all state prisons for the protection of officers and inmates.