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 14, 2013

Federal Aviation officials are searching for clues in the deadly crash of UPS cargo jet near the Birmingham airport.  Officials said the pilot and co-pilot were killed.  The incident happened before 6 a.m. as the A-300 Jetliner was preparing to land.  Packages and debris scattered the grass field near the Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport. 

White Substance

A military civil support team collected a white substance discovered Wednesday morning in an envelope at the Alabama Attorney General's Office.  Preliminary tests for the U.S. Postal Service show the white powder is harmless. 

No Jail Time

A former employee of the Alabama House will not serve jail time for failing to pay state income taxes and failing to file tax returns.  Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy gave William Clay Covington 12 months of supervised probation and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine during a sentencing hearing Wednesday. 

Restaurant Week

More than 250 businesses are participating in this year's Alabama Restaurant Week which begins Friday.  Restaurants all over the state will offer lunch and dinner specials to coincide with the event.  Information on all the participating eateries in the state can be found at