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 25, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.  The justices said that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.  Alabama Representative Thad McClammy says the ruling is a wake-up call.  The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's ruling is praising the decision.  Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says it will save local and state government's time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality. 

Couple Shot

The Montgomery Advertiser reported a man and his wife are were shot Tuesday afternoon.  Montgomery Police said they believe the man shot his wife and then himself.  Both were transported to Baptist Medical Center South, where the man later died.  The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 3600 black of Carriage Oaks Court. 

Prison Supervisor

A federal jury has convicted a former prison supervisor of fatally beating an inmate and conspiring to cover it up.  The eight women and four men returned guilty verdicts Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery against former correctional Lt. Michael Smith of Auburn.  He was convicted of violating the constitutional rights of inmate Rocrast Mack by fatally beating him, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.  He faces up to life in prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.