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 10, 2013

Montgomery Police are investigating the city's 30th homicide.  Police say 23-year-old Alicia Scott died of a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon in the 900 block of Decatur Street.  Police say Scott was sitting outside an apartment when gunfire erupted between several men, killing her in the cross fire.  No arrests have been made.  Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 262-4000.

Board Elections

The Alabama Board of Education elected a new vice president and president pro tem this week.  Board member Dr. Charles Elliot will take over the president's seat from Stephanie Bell.  Dr. Elliot outlined his priorities and suggested the board take its message on the road by holding work sessions in places like a school, a business, the legislature or even outside the governor's office.  Board member Ella Bell was re-elected as President Pro Tem. 

Motor Pool

A more efficient way of managing state-owned vehicles will soon be developed thanks to legislation Governor Robert Bentley signed Wednesday.  Bentley said the measure will save money and make a number of transportation needs better in the state.  The legislation sponsored by Senator Cam Ward of Alabaster. 

Sexual Abuse

A Montgomery-based legal organization is alleging widespread physical and sexual abuse at three of Alabama's prisons for men.  The Equal Justice Initiative says it has uncovered dozens of cases of corrections officers abusing men at the Elmore Correctional Facility, the Bibb Correctional Facility and Donaldson prison. 

Block Law

A federal judge has blocked enforcement of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until August 15th to allow time for both sides to file more legal arguments.  The new law requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval from a local hospital to admit patients.  The law was supposed to take effect July 1st, but Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and others got Federal Judge Myron Thompson to delay it while the groups challenge the law in court.