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

Federal Postal Inspectors are appealing to the public for help in finding a gold Ford Explorer that seen in the vicinity of a robbery-shooting at the Hayneville Post Office.  The crime occurred on the afternoon of August 1st.  A postal truck driver was shot, the employee is recovering.  Law Enforcement officers with Central Alabama CrimeStoppers program and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the investigation. 

Credit Rating

Moody's Investors Service has placed the city of Montgomery under review for a possible credit rating downgrade.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the city's current Aa2 is in jeopardy.  A recent report said the current rating is in jeopardy because of a smaller reserve fund, a deficit in funding medical insurance and the city's recent failures to achieve projections established in previous budget plans.  The report also states that reliance on a bank line of credit to fund operations is also a "key reason" for the possible downgrade. 

Revenue Hearing

The State Department of Revenue held hearings Thursday on rules governing the Alabama Accountability Act.  The session pertained to proposed rules for the scholarship portion of the law.  Individuals and businesses can get tax credits for donating to scholarships that will help students cover tuition as they transfer from failing public schools to private schools.  The proposed rules received no objections from those in attendance at the hearing.  Thursday's afternoon session focused on student eligibility for tax credits.