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

Middle school students in Montgomery are shifting to a new modified block schedule this year.  Superintendent Barbara Thompson said students can expect more from the concentrated learning from the alternative day program.  The Montgomery Public School System is working to improve the performance of its middle schools.  Recently the Alabama Department of Education placed six Montgomery middle schools on its failing list. 

Catholic Schools

36 private schools in Alabama have now signed up to accept students under the Accountability Act.  More than 20 of those institutions are Catholic Schools including all three on the list for Montgomery.  Principal for St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery Anthony Brock says from a philosophical standpoint Catholic schools want to help.  As part of the new law, students from so-called "failing" public schools can transfer to other non-failing public schools or private schools. 

Phenix Arrest

The U.S. Attorney's office has announced the sentencing of a Phenix City man on drug trafficking and weapons possession charges.  40-year-old Shedrick D. Hollis received 35 years in prison after being convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine powder, crack cocaine, BZP-a club drug similar to Ecstasy and marijuana.  Five of those years was for possession of firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activity.  He was arrested at a residence in Phenix City in March of 2011. 

Legislative Prayer

The Alabama House has opened sessions with prayer for as long as most can remember.  House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Wednesday that he has no plans to stop legislative prayers despite a legal challenge to the practice in a New York town.  Members of the Legislature say the prayers are generally kept non-partisan and are not offensive.  The prayers are given just before members say the Pledge of Allegiance.  Hubbard says members are asked to recommend who they would like to give the prayer.  He says a variety of people from different faiths are chosen to give the prayers.