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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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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Jul 3, 2013

The director of the Alabama Department of Public Health's Tuberculosis division will hold a parent meeting this evening at Lee High School to answer questions concerning tuberculosis and TB testing.  State TB Director Pam Barrett said her agency has already tested dozens of people at Lee High School for the ailment.  Barrett says tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs and is treatable. 

Prattville Lawsuit

A South Korean man is suing the city of Prattville and its police department.  Al.com reports that Chang Ho Lee, an employee of the Hyundai Assembly plant, claims he was subjected to excessive force during a traffic stop in September 2012.  The lawsuit was filed in Birmingham Federal Court.  Lee claims he was roughed up and Prattville police used a taser on him while he was handcuffed.  Prattville City attorney David McDowell had no comment about the lawsuit. 

Hyundai Sales

The Hyundai car brand continues to attract hordes of buyers.  The Korean-based auto company said overall U.S. sales in June jumped two percent.  Hyundai said it sole more than 65,000 vehicle last month.  Sales were led by the popular Elantra compact and Sonata Sedan.  The two vehicles are manufactured in Montgomery.