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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Alabama State University says the NCAA has cleared the school's athletic programs to participate in post season play.  The announcement lifts bans against the football and men's basketball programs.  The NCAA had already lifted the bans on baseball and volleyball. 

Montgomery Arrests

Montgomery Police say two males, ages 23 and 19 are behind bars today facing a murder charge.  Latterious Davis and Lesherman Ringstaff are accused in connection with Saturday's shooting death of 38-year-old Alvin Harris.  Around 12:30 Saturday morning, officers found the victim's body in the 500 block of West Fairview Avenue.  Police Lt. Regina Duckett said Davis and Ringstaff surrendered to police Sunday.  Bond was set at $75,000 dollars each.  Montgomery has recorded 27 homicides in 2013. 

Deadly Crash

State Troopers have identified two Lee County Men who were killed in a single vehicle crash in Elmore County Sunday morning.  Troopers said 19-year-old Jesus Ugalbe of Opelika and 24-year-old Gerardo Costillo of Auburn died when the vehicle ran off Elmore County 429 and overturned just before 8 a.m. Sunday.  Costillo and Ugalbe were both ejected and died at the scene.  Troopers said neither man was wearing a seat belt.  Investigators said speeding was factor in the crash. 

New Laws

Several new state laws go into effect today, including one allowing the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.  The founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, Sheila Washington, says paperwork will be filed soon asking the board to issue pardons removing rape convictions that occurred more than 80 years ago.  Other new laws are mean to cut red tape for businesses, give new protections to utility workers, and make Alabama more attractive to the military during the next round of base realignments.  A new law regulating abortion clinic doctors was supposed to take effect today, but a federal judge put it on hold.