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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WVAS Local News

Jul 2, 2013

Montgomery Police have released more information regarding a fatal shooting on Sunday in the 5700 block of Bell Road.  An MPD release states that 33-year-old Ubaldo Estrada of Montgomery was found at the scene with a gunshot wound.  He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South where he was later pronounced dead.  The initial investigation indicates that Estrada made forced entry into the residence.  Because his death was caused by another individual, the incident will be recorded as the city's 28th homicide of 2013.  Police are asking that anyone with information about the homicide call 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000. 

Murder Arrest

Police in Montgomery have made an arrest in connection with the city's 29th homicide of the year.  23-year-old Dontavious Jones has been charged with capital murder in the death of 25-year-old Lelve Watkins of Montgomery.  Investigators say a drug transaction in the 4700 block of Narrow Lane Road turned violent with several shots being fired.  Four people were wounded.  Watkins died from his injuries.  Jones was arrested following his release from the hospital.  A fourth subject, 20-year-old Shon Wright Jr. was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance after he was released from the hospital.  Both Jones and Wright have been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. 

Overlook Park

Montgomery's Overlook Park now has a new look.  A replica of the Wright Brothers flyer was recently placed at the park, located on Maxwell Boulevard.  Mayor Todd Strange said the Wright brother's plane is rooted in Montgomery's connection to aviation history.  A relative of the famous brothers was on hand at Tuesday's dedication ceremony. 

July 4th Safety

Public Safety officials will be getting a jump on enforcement of highway laws during this July 4th Holiday period.  Even though the official kickoff of the holiday period is at 12:01 a.m. July 4th, State Troopers will begin placing extra troopers on the roadways at just after midnight July 3rd.  Public Safety spokesman, Sgt. Steve Jarrett says troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws.  The period will end at midnight, Sunday, July 7th.