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 16, 2013

Two opponents of a Senate-passed immigration bill, Huntsville Congressman Mo Brooks and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, joined black conservatives at a rally in Washington, D.C., Monday to denounce the legislation.  Congressman Brooks contends the bill would undermine jobs and wages for African-Americans.  The immigration bill awaits consideration in the U.S. House.  The anti-immigration rally was sponsored by the Black American Leadership Alliance. 

Polizos Campaign

Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos wants to replace Jay Love as the State Representative for District 74.  Polizos announced Monday that he will seek the GOP nomination.  Polizos has served on the Montgomery County Commission since 2003.  Jay Love announced last week that he will step down on August 1.  Governor Robert Bentley will call a special election to fill the seat. 

IRS Clothing Auction

The Internal Revenue Service is planning a big clothing auction July 25th in Opelika.  The IRS says the auction will involve more than 100 containers of new specialty clothing designed to transfer moisture.  The clothing was seized for nonpayment of federal taxes due from THY Enterprises.  It includes men's and women's pants, boxers, T-shirts, shorts, medical socks, sock liners and more.  The IRS says the clothing can be viewed July 24th from 2-4 p.m. at Uncle Bob's Self Storage on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika.  The auction starts at 9 a.m. July 25th at the same location. 

Pickup Truck Passengers

Republican Congressman Mike Rogers said its time for Alabama to prohibit passengers from riding in the back of pickup trucks.  Rogers made the comments in a statement to  Rogers was reacting to Sunday's tragic crash on U.S. 431 near Guntersville that left four people dead and five injured.  State Troopers said the pickup was carrying more than 10 children and flipped on the highway Sunday afternoon.  Rogers tells that he intends to sponsor national legislation that would require states to ban passengers from riding in cargo beds.