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 8, 2013

A 43-year-old Montgomery woman died early Sunday morning in a single vehicle crash on Montgomery County 15. State Troopers said Tasha Tranise Joiner was killed when the sport utility vehicle she was driving left the road and hit a utility pole. The crash happened around 1:30 Sunday morning about three miles west of Montgomery. Troopers said Joiner was ejected from the SUV and shw was not wearing a seat belt. Two Deadly Accidents Two men were killed in separate crashes in Opelika and Auburn this weekend. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said 57-year-old Samuel Ray Gilbert of Texas died Sunday morning when another vehicle struck him on Interstate 85 in Opelika. State Troopers sais another crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Jayson Tippett of Auburn. Tippett was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night on U.S. Highway 280 near Auburn. Missing Civil Rights Worker A new lawsuit seeks information on the whereabouts of an Alabama civil rights worker who's been missing since 1973. A Buffalo attorney filed the Freedom of Information suit in federal court in western New York. It seeks any Justice Department records having to do with Ray Robinson of Selma wh was last seen at Wounder Knee, South Dakota, where he went to stand with American Indians in their fight against the federal government. It's unclear wha happened to Robinson but many presume he was murdered. Attorney Michael Kuzma said the Robinson's family and the American people have a right to know where he is buried. Convicted Mail Carrier A former mail carrier from Montgomery has been convicted of multiple charges involving tax refund fraud using stolen identities. Federal prosecutors say former carrier Vernon Harrison was part of a conspiracy that used tolen identities to file false tax returns. A jury convicted Harrison last week of conspiracy, mail fraud, identify theft and embezzlement. He could ve sentenced to up to 216 years in prison. Federal Judge Mark Fuller has not set a sentencing date. Prison Officer Trial The last of four former correctional officers charged in the beating death of an Alabama inmate goes on trial today in Montgomery federal court. Former Ventress prison officer Joseph Sanders is charged with violating inmate Rocrast Mack's rights by aiding in the beating, conspiring with others to cover up how Mack died and obstructing justice. The other three former officers have eighter pleaded guilty or been convicted and all three are awaiting sentencing. Defense attorney Jim Parkman ssays he intends to shwo that Sanders' never assaulted the inmate. Prosecutors said Sanders hit Mack several times with a baton and that he lied during the initial investigation.