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 5, 2013

There seems to be no in-between for Alabama farmers. After several years of drought, now the rainfall is torrential. While drought saps the land of moisture, copious rainfall has its own set of problems. Crops most adversely affected by the constant rain have been peaches, watermelons, tomatoes, blueberries squash and wheat to mention a few. Private Schools The number of private schools that have signed up to accept transferring student under the Alabama Accountability Act is now up to 29. Some of those participating in Montgomery are; Resurrection Catholic School, St. Jude Educational Institute and Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School in Montgomery. The state law allows families of students at underperforming public schools to recieve a tax credit to assist with tuition at a private school or transfer to a non-failing public school. Fatal Accidents State Troopers are reporting two fatal accidents have occurred Monday in Central Alabama. The first happened in Hale County around 5:30 a.m. on County Road 50. Authorities said 68-year-old Dorothy Daniels Simmons was killed when the car she was sriving left the roadway and struck a ditch. She was not wearing a seatbelt. About six hours later, a single-vehicle wreck claimed the life of a Millbrook woman. Troopers report that the driver, 62-year-old Gloria Cleveland Cruise died the accident. Her SUV ran off County Road 262 and overturned. It happend about seven miles north of Millbrook. Cruise was not wearing a seatbelt. Bills Signed A trio of bills aimed at decreasing prescription drug abuse in the state received the Governor Robert Bentley's signature Monday. The physician governor ceremoniously signed the bills targeting "Doctor Shopping", pill mills while creating a prescription drug database.