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 31, 2013

Alabama State University is inviting fans, alumni and other supporters to attend the final Coaches Caravan event at the new ASU Football Stadium.  ASU Sports Information Director Duane Lewis said all athletic coaches will be in attendance to greet the fans.  ASU officials said tonight's event will be an interactive event as fans may tweet or email their questions.  It starts at 6 p.m. in the stadium club lounge. 

Black Belt Heritage

The cultural and historical significance of Alabama's Black Belt to the country could become officially recognized if it is designated as a National Heritage Area.  A U.S. Senate subcommittee is set to consider legislation to that effect this week.  The Black Belt, made up of 19 Alabama counties, is know for its dark, rich soil, its cultural background and its civil rights history.  The legislation is sponsored by Senator Richard Shelby and Representative Terri Sewell. 

Bennett Takes Office

Former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett will take the oath of office, replacing Beth Chapman whose resignation takes effect today.  Governor Robert Bentley will administer the oath of office to Bennett this afternoon at 5 p.m. in the Old House Chamber at the Alabama State Capitol.  Chapman is leaving her position to take a job with the Alabama Farmers Federation.