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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Now that a waiver from a major portion of the No Child Left Behind Act has been granted to the Alabama Department of Education, implementation of the state's own accountability plan will continue to proceed. The Plan 2020 model for measuring school and student progress was presented to the State School Board. Schools will be measured on indicators such as student achievement, attendance, learning gains and effectiveness of teachers and leaders among others. Photo ID The Commissioner of the State Department of Senior Services is formulating a plan to help all citizens have access to a photo identification. Alabama's photo voter ID law will go into effect in June of 2014. Outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman recently announced citizens without acceptable forms of photo voter ID can receive a free ID by visiting Department of Public Safety offices, Board of Registrars offices or the Secretary of State's offices. Teacher Payroll Selma school teacher, LaTanglia Williams remains on the payroll despite being arrested months ago on charges of having sexual contact with students. The 36-year-old is on paid administrative leave from her job at Selma High School. Brother 2 Brother The new principal of St. Jude in Montgomery is starting two mentoring programs this fall. Principal Anthony Brock is inviting third graders and up to participate in the Brother 2 Brother or Sister 2 Sister mentoring programs. Brock hold two degrees from Alabama State University. He founded the programs in 2005 in Prattville. He says the programs are not connected with the national organization that has the same name. The number for more information is (334) 264-5376.