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 26, 2013

Alabama's governor has written the president to try to get help with furloughs for some Alabama National Guard members.  Governor Bentley asked President Obama to direct the Defense Department to grant the National Guard the authority to shift funds and avoid further furloughs of dual-status employees who work full time for the Guard and then train as Guard member on the weekend.  The mandatory furloughs started this month and run through September. 

Cold Case

Montgomery police believe they have solved two cold case murders that occurred 14 years ago.  The Bureau's Major Crimes unit announced Thursday that it has served murder warrants for 36-year-old Walter Maddox.  Detectives said they linked Maddox using DNA evidence to the killings of Dorothy Lewis and Carolyn Dixon.  Lewis' body was found near Crystal Lake in April 1999.  Dixon's remains were discovered near a church on Norman Bridge Road in October 1999.  Police said Maddox is already serving a life sentence, plus 99 years in New York State for murder and rape. 

Lackey Execution

Alabama has executed its first inmate since 2011, a man convicted of the beating and shooting death of an elderly man in north Alabama on Halloween night in 2005.  Corrections officials said 29-year-old Andrew Lackey was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m.  Thursday after receiving an injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.  Authorities say Lackey was seeking money when he killed 80-year-old Charles Newman at his Limestone County home. 

Attempted Murder

Police in Selma say a man and his nephew are wanted for an attempted murder.  55-year-old Nelson Ellis and 17-year-old Ellis are accused of shooting a woman with a shotgun.  Selma authorities said the shooting occurred at a residence on Vickery Street Thursday morning.  Both males are considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to call Selma Police at 874-2125.