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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Jun 24, 2013

Alabama has forged ahead in the 2013 Kids Count report.  The annual data ranks each state based on education, family, health and economic factors.  Alabama ranked 44 in the survey, that's about two points up from its usual score.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court may issue a ruling Tuesday on a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The case from Shelby County seeks to void Section 5 of the Act that requires all or part of 16 states to get approval from the Justice Department for any election law changes.  Alabama Senator Hank Sanders fears that the conservative court will rule against the requirement.  Sanders says regardless of the ruling, he and other advocates will continue their fight on all fronts.


A video presentation of the history of the Montgomery Police Department was shown to members of the Montgomery Rotary Club Monday.  Rotarian and guest speaker Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the video titled, "One MPD" includes scenes from the civil rights movement in a segment called, "Once Divided, Forever United.  Murphy said other civic groups have also seen the video, he said its a way of the showing the public the progress of the police department.