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

Aug 2, 2013

The state Department of Education is working with 10 pilot school systems to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students.  Department officials joined city and county superintendents Friday to present the Comprehensive System of Learning Supports design documents. 

Postal Worker Shot

A Hayneville Postal Truck Driver was robbed and shot just before 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hayneville Post Office.  U.S. Postal Inspector Yulanda Burns says a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the incident.  The victim is reportedly in stable condition. 

ASU Smoking Ban

Alabama State University has adopted a temporary smoking ban throughout the entire campus.  ASU Spokesman, Ken Mullinax tells WVAS News this a proactive measure to ensure the well-being of faculty, staff, students and guests of the university.  A permanent smoke-free proposal will be presented for the Board of Trustees consideration at its September meeting. 

ASU Stingette Video

Members of the Alabama State University Stingette Dance Team are in Los Angeles over the weekend to perform in portions of recording artist Robin Thicke's upcoming music video called, "Give it to Me."  ASU Band Director, Dr. James Oliver accompanied the ladies to the shoot and says it will open some doors for the participants.  The Stingettes will return to Montgomery next week once filming is complete.  No word yet on when the video will be released to the public.