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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Aug 7, 2013

The advocacy group, Alabama Arise, has accused Payday and Title Loan businesses of engaging in predatory lending.  At a work session Tuesday, the Montgomery City Council discussed a proposed moratorium against Payday Loan stores.  City Councilman Charles Smith is leading the effort.  He said there are 89 such businesses in Montgomery and most concentrated along the Atlanta Highway. 

New Business

The establishment formerly known as Rose Supper Club is getting new life as a Bar and Grill.  At its Tuesday meeting, the Montgomery City Council approved a request to grant a lounge liquor license to a new owner.  It will now be called Centennial Hill Bar and Grill.  The Rose Supper Club's liquor license was revoked in January after five people were inured in a December 3rd shooting spree at the night club. 

Selma Job Fair

Congresswoman Terri Sewell wants to address the high unemployment in Alabama's Black Belt counties.  The Democrat who represents the 7th District, is sponsoring a major job fair today in Selma.  Today's job fair at Wallace Community College runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Furlough Days

Defense officials say they will be able to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian defense employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures.  Civilians who'd been facing 11 unpaid days off will now have that number cut to six days.  Officials say the Pentagon found enough savings in the final months of the current fiscal year to lessen the burden on those who have had to take a day off a week without pay since early July.  Mandatory furloughs have impacted thousands of civilian workers at four military installations in Alabama.