New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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 20, 2013

Montgomery's latest fatal shooting is being classified as a death investigation. Police said an 18-year-old male was shot Saturday afternoon on April Street. He died of his injury Sunday night.

Camellia Bowl

The Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences will meet in a new bowl game to be played at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl. ESPN executives joined Mayor Todd Strange on Monday to announce the Camellia Bowl. The inaugural post season bowl game will be played in December 2014.

Martha Listens

Republican Martha Roby will hold a series of town hall meetings, starting this afternoon in Prattville. The Second District congresswoman will participate in "Martha Listens" tours in Prattville, Montgomery, Dothan, Eclectic and in Enterprise. Today's town hall meeting at Central Alabama Electric Cooperative in Prattville starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday morning, Roby will be the guest speaker at an Eggs and Issues breakfast at the RSA Activity Center in downtown Montgomery.

Unemployment Rate

Federal labor officials say Alabama had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast in July. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Virginia's rate of 5.7 percent was lower than Alabama's rate of 6.3 percent. The bureau also reports that Alabama had one of the nation's biggest drops in unemployment from a year ago, when Alabama's rate measured 7.6 percent. Only seven states exceeded Alabama's drop of 1.3 percentage points over the last year.

Teacher Charged

A Chilton County teacher is charged with sex crimes after allegedly having sexual relations with a student. Sheriff Kevin Davis said 39-year-old Jennifer Collins McNeill is charged with six counts of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree sodomy following alleged incidents involving the same teen victim, under the age of 18. McNeill teaches sixth grade at Thorsby school, but the alleged victim is not a student at the school. She is now on leave from the school and is free on a $160,000 dollar bond.