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 30, 2013

Its called Operation Good Shepherd, the initiative announced in June allows local ministers to assist Montgomery Police at crime scenes.  The ministers will provide comfort to crime victims and help officers to defuse volatile situations.  34 ministers participated in a series of training classes.  A graduation ceremony was held Thursday evening for the first class of clergy members who will participate in Operation Good Shepherd. 

Liquor Stores

Alabama's state-run liquor stores soon will under an extensive make-over. reports the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board plans to modernize stores that will include a new logo.  ABC Administrator Mac Gibson said a Birmingham company has been hired to design the new logo and make charges in store fixtures, signs and appearance. 

Handgun Law Legislation

Montgomery State Representative Alvin Holmes is following through on his promise to fight a new gun law that allows Alabamians to openly carry handguns.  The Democrat has prefiled legislation to repeal the law which he contends is bad public policy. 

Labor Day

Drivers will see more state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  It's part of the national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  Extra officers will be working from the beginning of the holiday travel period at 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Tuesday.