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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Jul 12, 2013

Democrats are organizing multiple training sessions in Alabama to try to reinvigorate a party that has fallen to minority status in state government.  A new organization, the Alabama Democratic Majority, has announced a "grassroots convention" Aug. 3 in Birmingham.  Executive Director Bradley Davidson says it will cover everything from registering voters to helping voters comply with Alabama's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.  Meanwhile, Alabama Democratic Party leader Nancy Worley says the group will also hold training sessions once the field of candidates begins to take shape. 

Government Furloughs

Furlough days have taken effect for employees of the federal government.  Some Maxwell Air Force Base employees make up a portion of those affected by the cuts which will run until September.  Jennifer Collins, a Maxwell employee has already factored up how this weekly cut will hurt her financially. 

Trade Mission

A trade mission led by the state with representatives from 10 companies will be heading to Canada next week.  Al.com reported that the group will be heading to the Southeast U.S. Canada Province Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Alabama's Commerce Department Secretary Greg Canfield says Canada is already a top destination for Alabama products and the trip is designed to capitalize on those existing ties.  Along with state officials, representatives from small business across the state will participate in the trip, which begins Sunday.