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 9, 2013

A state senator who was in charge of a committee that drew Alabama's senate districts has denied that the process was intended to create more Republican districts.  Republican Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville testified in federal court Thursday that his only goals going into the redistricting process were to prevent incumbents from facing each other, to avoid reducing the percentage of minorities in majority black districts, and to protect communities of interest.  However, State Senator Bobby Singleton of Greensboro says the redistricting packed black residents in minority districts like that of Senator Quinton Ross.  Singleton says stacking black voters into majority black districts dilutes their influence.  A three-judge panel is hearing the case. 

Tuskegee Shooting

Tuskegee Police are investigating a burglary attempt in which the homeowner opened fire on the suspects.  WSFA is reporting that the incident happened off Collins Street less than a mile from the police department.  Thursday morning two men apparently came onto the homeowner's property looking for merchandise to steal.  The unidentified owner confronted the suspects and fired several shots striking one of the men in the leg.  Both suspects have been apprehended and have been charged with burglary.  No names have been released. 

New School Year

Schools across Alabama are  making final preparations for the new school year.  State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says its still too early to say just how many students will be taking advantage of the new Alabama Accountability Act.  The deadline for parents to apply for a transfer from a public school designated as failing is today. 

ASU Presidential Search

Alabama State University's presidential search committee looked at 27 applications Thursday in executive session.  According to Al.com the committee eliminated at least 20 of the candidates.  A Birmingham law firm is being used to handle the applications.  An attorney for the firm told the committee that it has received 42 applications since the university began advertising the job a month ago.  The committee kept private the names and applications of the candidates.