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 27, 2013

Two Montgomery teenagers are charged with capital murder in the city's 37th homicide.  At a press conference Tuesday, Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the 13 and 15-year-old suspects met 19-year-old Christopher Lewis online.  The boys are alleged to have killed Lewis during a robbery last Saturday in the 2200 block of Bonaparte Boulevard.  Montgomery's Public Safety Director, Chris Murphy is calling on residents to become more involved.  Murphy said the suspects' name have not been released. 

Faulkner University Shooting

Montgomery Police say a woman suffered life-threatening gun shot wounds after an apparent domestic violence incident at Faulkner University Tuesday afternoon.  According to police, the victim is a contract employee for the university's maintenance department.  Faulkner University spokesman, Dave Hogan says no students were hurt in the incident. 

Prison Issues

The Chairman of the Joint Legislative Prison Committee is bullish on community corrections as a means to reduce overcrowding in Alabama's prisons.  Republican Senator Cam Ward of Alabaster is asking the Department of Corrections Commissioner to expand the alternative sentencing method across the state.  Ward believes the crush of prisoners in Alabama's correctional facilities is part of what leads to allegations of inmate abuse. 

ASU March on Washington

A group of Alabama State University students and staff members are soaking up history at the National Mall.  The delegation has been in Washington since Sunday and has participated in marches, rallies and conferences.  Cherise Peters, Vice President for Enrollment Management at ASU said she was there 50 years ago during the iconic march for freedom.  ASU will hold a citywide commemoration of the March on Washington Wednesday in from of the Levi Watkins Learning Center near North University Drive.