The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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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WVAS Local News

Jul 11, 2013

Republican state Representative Jay Love of Montgomery is resigning from the Alabama House effective Aug. 1 to pursue business opportunities and to promote education reforms. He is the chairman of the House Ways and Means-Education committee that prepares the state education budget. Love's successor will be chosen in a special election to be called by Gov. Robert Bentley. 

Claims Investigation

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state will investigate claims by the Equal Justice Initiative that corrections workers are physically and sexually abusing inmates at three Alabama men's prisons. Bentley said he won't tolerate inappropriate conduct and neither will state Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas. The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative issued a report saying it had uncovered dozens of cases of corrections officers abusing men at the Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore; Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent and Donaldson prison near Bessemer.

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne Illness A group of people who ate at a funeral in Sumter County last week have gotten sick from a foodborne illness. State Department of Public Health Officials issued a release saying at least 30 people have been hospitalized in serious condition. Department Spokesperson Dr. Mary McIntyre says more than 100 people are reported to have attended the funeral July 6th at Eastern Star Baptist Church in York. Hospitalizations from this outbreak have occurred in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma.

ASU Coaches Caravan

Alabama State University begins its third annual Coaches Caravan today in Mobile. The caravan promotes awareness of Hornet athletics across the region. Leading the tour team will be acting athletic director Melvin Hines, head football coach Reggie Barlow and head men's basketball coach Lewis Jackson. The caravan will travel to six cities following Mobile including Tuscaloosa, Columbus, Georgia, Atlanta, Birmingham, Dothan and wrapping up in Montgomery July 31st.