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In Modi's India, opponents and journalists feel the squeeze ahead of election

Apr. 15, 2024 02:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are increasingly wielding strong-arm tactics to subdue political opponents and critics of the ruling Hindu-nationalist party ahead of the nationwide elections that begin this week. A decade into power, and on...

India's national election will take place in phases over 44 days. Here's why it takes so long

Apr. 14, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly 970 million people — or over 10% of the global population — are eligible to vote in India's general elections that start Friday and last to June 1. The mammoth exercise is the biggest anywhere in the world and will take 44 days before results are announced on June 4. ...

India's Modi vows to boost social spending, make country into a manufacturing hub ahead of election

Apr. 14, 2024 04:35 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday vowed to boost social spending, develop infrastructure and make India into a global manufacturing hub as companies shift away from China, as he unveiled his Hindu nationalist party’s election strategy. Modi hopes to...

Transgender inclusion? World's major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

Apr. 10, 2024 05:07 AM EDT

The Vatican has issued a new document rejecting the concept of changing one’s biological sex – a setback for transgender people who had hoped Pope Francis might be setting the stage for a more welcoming approach from the Catholic Church. Around the world, major religions have...

Farmers in India are hit hard by extreme weather. Some say expanding natural farming is the answer

Apr. 07, 2024 20:55 PM EDT

GUNTUR, India (AP) — There's a pungent odor on Ratna Raju's farm that he says is protecting his crops from the unpredictable and extreme weather that's become more frequent with human-caused climate change. The smell comes from a concoction of cow urine, an unrefined sugar known...

‘Godzilla x Kong’ maintains box-office dominion in second weekend

Apr. 07, 2024 14:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” easily swatted away a pair of challengers to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday. After its above-expectations $80 million launch last weekend, the...

India's opposition makes its election case, calling Modi an autocrat and promising aid to the poor

Apr. 05, 2024 06:52 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party vowed to boost social spending and reverse what it views as a slide into autocracy as it laid out its campaign promises on Friday, two weeks before the start of a weeks-long, multi-phase general election. Most polls have predicted a...

How Dev Patel got 'Monkey Man,' his directorial debut beset by challenges, to the finish line

Apr. 04, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Dev Patel first pitched “Monkey Man” as “a revenge film about faith.” “Faith can be such a beautiful, powerful thing. It can bring us together. At its best, it should make us fight for each other instead of fighting against each other,” says...

A fire in a tailoring shop in India kills 7, including children

Apr. 03, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire in a tailoring shop on Wednesday killed seven people, including two children, in the Indian city of Aurangabad, police said. The blaze created panic in part of the business district of the city in Maharashtra state. Authorities suspect that...

Here's what you need to know about the world's largest democratic election kicking off in India

Apr. 01, 2024 05:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world’s largest democratic election could also be one of its most consequential. With a population of over 1.4 billion people and close to 970 million voters, India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an avowed Hindu nationalist, against...