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

Two people are in custody following the fatal shooting of a Montgomery teenager last weekend.  Montgomery Police said 20-year-old Jesse Bush Jr. and 18-year-old Xavier Powell are each charged with reckless murder in the death of 18-year-old DeAnthony Williams.  Williams was shot Saturday afternoon in the 3500 block of April Street.  He died Sunday evening at a local hospital.  Bush and Powell are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $75,000 dollar bond each. 

Unemployment Rate

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. 

GOP Candidates

Three Republicans will run in the special election for Alabama House District 74 in Montgomery.  The qualifying deadline was Monday.  The GOP candidates are former Montgomery County School Board President Charlotte Meadows, current Montgomery County Board of Education Vice President Heather Sellers and Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos.  The Democratic Party reports it has no candidates in the special election.  The primary will be October 8th with a runoff November 9th if needed.