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 23, 2013

Montgomery school board members say they weren't informed about allegations of improper grade changing and other issues.  The Montgomery Advertiser quotes board members as saying they didn't realize an in-depth probe was being conducted by the state.  New allegations were contained in a letter sent from the state to Montgomery Superintendent Barbara Thompson.

Tipster Button

Central Alabama Crime Stoppers now has three ways for tipsters to submit information to help solve crimes.  The addition of the Submit A Tip button on the organization's Facebook page joins the phone and text methods as ways people can pass information along to the non-profit organization.  Tony Garrett, Community Development Director for Crime Stoppers, says many people take advantage of these options because they are tired of increasing crime.  Anonymous tips have led to 128 arrests from January through June of this year. 

ASU and Comcast

Alabama State University Hornets will soon play before a potential audience of millions during its home opening football game.  Cable provider, Comcast Sports Southeast will televise the game against Jacksonville State on August 31st at 5 p.m.