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 9, 2013

Alabama's Department of Senior Services will play a major role in helping to provide a photo ID to Alabamians.  Commissioner Neal Morrison tells WVAS that Governor Robert Bentley want the agency to develop an additional plan to help more voters comply with the state's photo voter ID law in time for the 2014 elections. 

Second Suspect

A second suspect has been formally charged in the July 1st shooting death of 25-year-old Leive Watkins.  Montgomery Police said 20-year-old Rico Gilmer is charged with capital murder in Watkins' death.  The victim was slain in a shootout at an apartment complex on Narrow Lane Road.  Police have said the shooting occurred during a drug transaction.  Gilmer was also shot and wounded during the incident.  He was arrested following his release from a local hospital on Saturday.  Another male, 23-year-old Dontavious Jones is also charged with capital murder. 

Murder Charge

Police in Troy say a 24-year-old woman has been charged with murder in connection with Monday's shooting death of 29-year-old Melvin Scott.  Tiffany Upshaw was ordered held on $100,000 bond.  Troy authorities said Upshaw and Scott were in a relationship, but did not disclose the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 

MPD Lawsuit

A homeowner is suing the Montgomery Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service for damaging her east Montgomery residence during a search for fugitive Desmonte Leonard.  He had been wanted in an Auburn triple homicide case in June of last year.  Yakemi Ward filed the lawsuit in Montgomery Federal Court seeking compensatory and punitive damages.  Ward contends U.S. Marshals and Montgomery police officers caused thousands of dollars in damages to the house on Barons Court.  The suit also states that authorities have refused to pay for the damages.  There has been no comment from Montgomery City officials or the Justice Department.