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 18, 2013

Montgomery Police have charged 36-year-old Tonya Moore with murder in the shooting death of 33-year-old Neal Jackson.  The incident happened Thursday night around 8 p.m. at a home on Park Manor Drive in north Montgomery.  Investigators say an altercation between the couple led to the shooting.  Jackson marks the city's 31st homicide. 

Elmore Correction

The Alabama Department of Public Safety says a release disseminated to the media Thursday on a fatal crash in Elmore County contained some inaccurate information.  The release incorrectly identified the victim, 42-year-old Kimberly Croft as the driver of the vehicle that crashed, when, in fact, she was the passenger.  The remainder of the release still stands.  Croft was killed when she was ejected from the SUV as it ran off Fern Road, about nine miles north of Wetumpka Thursday morning.  No word on the injuries to the driver. 

Bentley Endorsement

The Alabama Forestry Association has thrown its support to Governor Robert Bentley's re-election campaign.  Bentley says the forestry group was the first major organization to endorse him in 2010 and now it's the first for the 2014 election. 

ASU Accreditation

The College of Business at Administration at Alabama State University recently received its reaffirmation of accreditation.  The award was presented by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.  ASU and 23 other institutions received the honor at a conference in Salt Lake City.