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 26, 2013

Animal welfare advocates said a multi-state dog-fighting raid may have been one of the largest in American history.  Officials with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Auburn police and the FBI discussed the dog-fighting operation at the U.S. Attorney's office in Montgomery.  Friday, federal agents bused an alleged dog-fighting ring in Coffee County and a separate operation was busted in Lee County. 

Two Homicides

Law enforcement agencies are investigating homicides in Montgomery and in Butler County.  Montgomery Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christopher Lewis.  The teenager was shot on Bonaparte Boulevard Saturday night.  No arrests were made.  Lewis' death was the city's 37th homicide this year. 

In Butler County, a 42-year-old man was shot and killed in Holly Hill Road late Saturday night.  Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden declined to release the victim's name.  The sheriff said a suspect was taken into custody.  No charges were immediately filed although investigators said the shooting will be reviewed today. 

Unplanned Landing

A Delta Airlines 757 Jet made an unplanned landing Sunday afternoon at Montgomery Regional Airport because the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit area.  The Federal Aviation Administration said the Boeing 757 was flying from Cancun, Mexico to Atlanta when the crew reported the odor.  A spokesman for Delta Airlines said a fluorescent bulb burned out and caused the smell.  184 passengers and six crew members were on the board.  A replacement aircraft flew passengers and crew to Atlanta last night.