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

Montgomery Police say a bicycle rider was killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle Monday night.  Police said 42-year-old Timothy Odom was taken to Baptist Medical Center South where he later died.  The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Mobile Road.  Police said the driver of the SUV was not injured.  It's the 11th traffic fatality in Montgomery this year. 

Successful Weekend

By almost all accounts, Alabama conducted another successful sales tax-free weekend.  This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday the state sales tax was removed from back-to-school items to allow parents to stock up for the coming school year.  Nancy Dennis with the Alabama Retail Association says early word from merchants is positive.  Dennis said top sellers included clothing, computers and books.  The 8th annual event also had record participation from cities and counties in the state subtracting local sales taxes from back-to-school merchandise. 

More Schools

So far, 36 private schools have signed up to participate in Alabama's new private school tax credit program with less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes.  The state Revenue Department said the 36 schools range statewide.  Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.  The Revenue Department has a public hearing Thursday in Montgomery on its proposed rules for implementing the Accountability Act. 

National Voting Rights Day

Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act held events in Alabama highlighting the importance of the law.  Organizers celebrated "National Voting Rights Day" with activities in Selma, Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham and other cities.