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 17, 2013

An upscale apartment complex to be built on the Eastchase shopping property has been given the green light.  The Montgomery City Council last night voted 6-3 to approve a controversial zoning change that clears the way for the 216 apartments to be constructed.  The zoning change was approved despite intense opposition from residents in surrounding neighborhoods.  Before the vote was taken, about a dozen residents were not allowed to address the city council. 

Rallies Planned

Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham are among the 100 cities where rallies are planned Saturday as part of a national "Justice for Trayvon" day.  The Reverend Al Sharpton said events at federal courthouses nationwide are mean to show that concerns about the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin are not going away.  The rallies will be sponsored in each city by the Ordinary People Society.  The march in downtown Montgomery will be held at noon Saturday at the federal courthouse. 

Governor Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed the governor and officials with three professional medical boards as defendants in a suit challenging a new Alabama law setting stricter regulations for abortion clinics.  Federal Judge Myron Thompson removed Governor Bentley as a defendant Tuesday based on an agreement by all parties.  Bentley's attorney maintained he had no role in enforcing the new law.  Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are challenging a part of the law that requires their doctors to have permission to admit patients to nearby hospitals.  The judge has put the law on hold temporarily while he considers the lawsuit. 

Boot Camp

You can still register your child for the Back to School Boot Camp being held at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library.  The 4th Annual Event is already underway but registrations for the remaining three weeks are being accepted.  The camp is for children in grades K thru 12.  It aims to instruct students on how to get the most from their Public Library's resources for research, homework assistance and e-learning.  More information is available at 240-4999.