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 6, 2013

Organizers are calling today "National Voting Rights Day."  Its an effort to highlight the importance of the law.  Activities will be held in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville and other cities across the nation.  State Senator Hank Sanders of Selma said efforts to stymie voter participation began soon after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision in the voting rights law.  It was on this day 48 years ago when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. 

National Night Out

Dozens of Alabama cities and towns will participate in National Night Out events this evening.  National Night Out is an annual initiative designed to heighten awareness of anti-crime programs.  Dozens of neighborhoods in Montgomery, Prattville and Pike Road will participate.  WVAS will join the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department at the Pike Road Town Hall.  Sheriff's Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham said the Montgomery County event will start at 6 p.m.  The Prattville event begins at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Target store. 

Teen Murder Suspect

Authorities in Tallapoosa County say a Notaulga man has been charged with murder.  Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said 19-year-old Zachary Hatchett is accused in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Daryl Woodall.  Authorities said the victim died early Sunday morning in a Montgomery hospital.  The Sheriff said the stabbing occurred at a residence on Hayes Mill Road in Notasulga Saturday night.  Hatchett was placed in the Tallapoosa County Jail pending a bond hearing. 

Purple Heart City

The city of Prattville will celebrate a special designation today.  Prattville has been named a Purple Heart City.  The military medal is awarded to personnel wounded in the line of duty.  Also, Mayor Bill Gillespie will designate Wednesday, August 7th as National Purple Heart Day in the city.  The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Prattville City Hall.