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 30, 2013

Montgomery Police have made an arrest in connection with Monday's shooting death of a 32-year-old man.  Authorities said Earnest Belser died from multiple gunshot wounds the victim was found in a motel room on Norman Bridge Road just after 5 p.m. Monday.  Arrested was 26-year-old Amendo Smith of Montgomery.  He turned himself into police detectives early Tuesday morning.  Amendo was charged with capital murder and was placed in the county jail under no bond.  Montgomery police said Monday's fatal shooting stemmed from an ongoing feud over a drug debt of $20 dollars.  Belser's death is the city's 33rd murder of 2013. 

Gun Law

Beginning Thursday, Alabamians with gun permits to carry concealed pistols may keep them locked in their vehicles while at work even if their employer opposed it in the past.  That's part of Alabama's new Gun Law.  The gun bill's sponsor, State Senator Scott Beason of Jefferson County said he doesn't expect much difference than what people are doing already.  An opponent of the new law, Democrat Barbara Boyd of Anniston said she's concerned it may lead to more incidents like the Trayvon Martin shooting. 

New Prison

The new federal prison in west Alabama will house female inmates  mostly from Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. reports the Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to begin relocating female convicts house in Danbury, Connecticut to the federal lockup in Aliceville.  The prison, located in Pickens County, has 1,800 beds.  The facility will begin receiving female inmates as early as next month. 

Black Belt

An ongoing effort to designate the Alabama Black Belt as a National Heritage Area will be considered this week in Congress.  The legislation is sponsored by Republican Senator Richard Shelby and Democratic Representative Terri Sewell.  If approved the designation would formally recognize the area as culturally and historically significant and worthy of preservation and protection.  Dr. Tina Jones is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at the University of West Alabama.  She says the soil for which the region is named is a principle factor in the state's bid.  The legislation is one of several bills set to be considered tomorrow by a Senate subcommittee.  If granted, this would be the second National Heritage Area in Alabama, with the Muscle Shoals region being the first.