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 9, 2013

The Montgomery Police Department unveiled the newest addition to its fleet Thursday.  MPD will be replacing its Ford Crown Victoria sedans with 27 new Chevrolet Tahoes.  Criminal Investigations Commander Bryan Jurkofsky said he believes MPD has made the best possible decision with these new vehicles.  MPD will slowly phase the Crown Victoria sedans out over the next few years. 

Tax Credit

The only proposed rule for Alabama's new private school tax credit that is raising any concern is a provision stating the credits don't apply for children already in private school.  The state Revenue Department outline the proposed guidelines for implementing the Alabama Accountability Act at a public hearing.  State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice said it will take a year before educators know what the level of participation will be.  Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee said she doesn't expect to make major changes in the proposed rules for private school tax credits.

School Gun Ban

Alabama's School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice is telling city and county school officials that policies prohibiting firearms on school property were not affected by the state's new gun law.  Bice said all school systems should continue to enforce existing policies banning firearms and other weapons from school property.