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 8, 2013

A group of black legislators are challenging new legislative districts that were drawn by the GOP dominated state Legislature.  Members of the Legislative Black Caucus said the case begins today in Montgomery Federal Court and will be heard by a three judge panel.  Black lawmakers contend the district lines approved in 2012, unfairly packs black voters into majority black districts.  The districts are schedule to be used in next year's elections.  The state denies the districts discriminate against minority voters. 

Public Hearing

The Alabama Department of Revenue has set aside a full day for public hearings on its proposed rules for implementing Alabama's new tax credits for private school attendance.  Today's hearing will cover both the scholarships and the tax credits for attending private schools. 

Liquor Store Signs

The head of Alabama's liquor stores said signs soon will be posted to keep out weapons.  Mac Gipson, administrator of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, tells state liquor stores nationwide will display signs that state "No handguns allowed without a permit."  Gipson said the ban would not apply to customers with concealed carry permits.  A new law that allows individuals to carry a gun openly in a holster went into effect on August 1st. 

Vehicle Search

Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service are searching for a Sport Utility Vehicle that was spotted near the scene of a robbery-shooting at the Hayneville Post Office.  A truck driver was shot and robbed between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on August 1st.  Postal officials said the employee, whose name was withheld , is recovering.  In a statement released Wednesday, Postal Inspectors said the vehicle of interest is a gold Ford Explorer possibly an early to mid 2000 model.  A $50,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.