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 13, 2013

Montgomery firefighters took about 30 minutes to put out a fire Tuesday morning at the Dreamland Barbeque restaurant.  District Fire Chief Ronnie Bozeman said the fire started in the barbeque pit, but was contained to the smoke stack.  There were no injuries. 

Robbery Suspect Charged

A 30-year-old Montgomery man is facing multiple counts of armed robbery.  Police said John Broadfoot was arrested Friday.  Broadfoot, according to authorities, is charged with three armed robberies that occurred at businesses on the East Boulevard and Carmichael Road last Thursday and Friday.  Broadfoot was ordered held on a $180,000 bond. 

Child Abuse

Two Montgomery women are each facing a charge of aggravated child abuse after police said a 16-month-old child they were caring for suffered extensive burns.  Al.com reports that Constance Gilbert and Linda Holmes were arrested Saturday and are being held in the Montgomery County Jail under a $100,000 bond each.  The child suffered burns to 35 percent of his or her body and was transported to Children's of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.  Authorities have released few details about the case. 

PSC New Rate

The Public Service Commission has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Power Company, but the three commissioners disagree on how it will affect customers.  The PSC voted 2-1 Tuesday to base Alabama Power's rates on weighted cost of equity, rather than return on equity, which has been used for the last 31 years.  PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh said customers should see annual savings between $30 and $110 dollars, depending on their usage.  Commissioner Jeremy Oden said residential customers and small businesses should save between $30 and $45 dollars a year.  But Commissioner Terry Dunn said he doesn't expect rate payers to see any change.  An Alabama Power spokesman said the company is still reviewing the impact of the commission's vote.