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 23, 2013

People from across the nation, including Alabama, will gather at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Saturday to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.  as the March on Washington marks its 50th year.  Alabama State University Archivist Dr. Howard Robinson believes the gathering renews the fight over voting rights.  The Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III will hold an event on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial.  President Obama will speak on the actual anniversary day next Wednesday. 

Flat Enrollment

Alabama's public schools are not seeing an exodus of students taking advantage of private school tax credits.  State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice told the state school board Thursday that preliminary survey data shows 51 students have used the new Alabama Accountability Act.  Bice said not all school systems have responded to a department survey, but he doesn't expect the figure to increase much because the state's largest systems have responded.  Of the 51 transfers, 33 were in Montgomery County. 

Color Day

This is the one day each year where crazy antics and colorful costumes are encouraged at the state Capitol.  Governor Bentley will be joined this afternoon by mascots from Alabama's public universities to promote the upcoming College Color Days.  The annual promotional event will take place on the Captiol's south lawn.  The governor says this year's College Color Days is scheduled for August 30th.  It's a day when Alabamians are encouraged to wear the colors of their favorite school. 

Deadly Accident

State Troopers say an Elmore County man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 North Thursday morning.  Troopers said 68-year-old Jackie Faircloth of Eclectic was a passenger in an SUV which collided with a car near mile marker 218.  Faircloth was not wearing a seatbelt according to troopers.  The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. near Jemison.  The driver of the SUV, 67-year-old Patricia Faircloth McClain of Tallassee suffered serious injuries and was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.