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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Alabama's Black Belt region has recently been allocated $250,000 dollars by a financial organization to aid small businesses.  Trufund Financial Services is a certified community development institution with offices in Birmingham, New York and Louisiana.  It provides small businesses with credit and capital.  The website for more information is www.trufund.org

E-Cigarettes

The jury is still out on the health risks involved with electronic cigarettes, but their popularity is unquestioned.  Diane Beeson is the Director of Statewide Tobacco Control for the Alabama Department of Public Health.  She said e-cigarette sales are expected to reach one billion dollars this year.  While the Alabama Department of Public Health doesn't have an official position on the product, she said many in the medical community have concerns.  Beeson said policy-makers are already banning the product from public places, just to be on the safe side.  Beeson said the FDA plans on publishing proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes in October. 

Alabama Agriculture

The state agriculture commissioner says Alabama's farmers are in line to have the same six percent growth in income that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast for farmers nationwide this year.  Commissioner John McMillan said Alabama's largest farm product, poultry, is nine percent ahead of 2012 levels.