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

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a plan that will allow the Loveless Academic Magnet Program and the Montgomery Technical Education Center to move to the former Montgomery Mall over the next two years.  LAMP will occupy the old Parisian's building and MTEC will call the former JC Penny's site home.  The Central Office Operations Complex is also moving to the location.  The 20-acre site will include physical education facilities , a baseball field, green spaces and parking. 

Sworn In

Jim Bennett was sworn in as Alabama's new Secretary of State Wednesday.  It marks the fourth time he's been through the ceremony.  This time he's taking over for Beth Chapman, who's leaving to take a job with the Alabama Farmer's Federation.  Bennett says he has no plans to run for the office in 2014. 

Possible Smoking Ban

The president of Alabama State University says he's looking to implement a temporary smoking ban.  University President William Harris says that he's going to use executive authority to temporarily ban the uses of all tobacco products on campus.  He says science has proven" that smoking causes grave difficulties to health," and university officials want students and staff to be as healthy as possible.