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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Aug 22, 2013

The testing company ACT says most of the high school graduates taking its tests this year aren't ready for the next level.  ACT says only about 25 percent have the necessary skills in reading, math, English and science to succeed in college or a career.  Freddie Williams, Director of Admission and Recruitment at Alabama State University, says his department is trying to take this negative and turn it into a positive.  Williams says ASU's recruitment and retention numbers are slightly up from this time last year. 

Hunter Re-election

State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter of Huntsville says she's decided to run for re-election rather than for governor.  Hunter announced in June that she was considering challenging Republican Governor Robert Bentley in the GOP primary next year.  She says she decided not to run for governor after talking with Bentley. 

Gas Light

Alagasco is unveiling the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama.  A ceremony was held in Anniston Thursday for a gas light recognizing the Freedom Riders.  They set out across the South in 1961 to test enforcement of federal rules banning segregation on interstate bus travel. 

ASU Stingettes

The Stingettes of Alabama State University will be featured in the yet-to-be-released Robin Thicke video for his hit "Give It 2 U."  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the dance team worked 12 to 14 hour shifts during the two-day video shoot.  Thicke  visited the group, posed for pictures and gave them copies of his new CD.