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Paul Kagame appears set to extend his long presidency of Rwanda in an election Monday

Jul. 12, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans vote Monday in an election that will almost certainly extend the long rule of President Paul Kagame, who is running virtually unopposed after three decades in power in the eastern African nation. Kagame has been met by crowds of admiring supporters at...

Myanmar's ethnic rebels say they captured an airport in a new setback for the military government

Jul. 08, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — One of Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic minority groups battling the military government said it captured an airport serving the country’s top world-class beach resort, marking the first time resistance forces have seized such a facility. Residents of the area in...

'We have to be wacky.' With suggestive poses and pets, election campaigning tests Tokyo's patience

Jul. 05, 2024 02:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo elects a new governor this weekend, but residents say personal publicity stunts have overtaken serious campaigning to a degree never seen before, with nearly nude women in suggestive poses, pets, an AI character and a man practicing his golf swing. It's...

A report says women were abused in Nigerian military cells after fleeing Boko Haram captivity

Jun. 10, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of women and young girls have been unlawfully detained and abused in Nigerian military detention facilities after escaping captivity by Boko Haram extremists in the country’s northeast, Amnesty International said in a new report on Monday. Some of the...

Executions worldwide jumped last year to the highest number since 2015, Amnesty report says

May. 28, 2024 21:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of executions recorded worldwide last year jumped to the highest level since 2015, with a sharp rise in Iran and across the Middle East, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The human rights group said it recorded a total of 1,153...

What comes next for Ohio's teacher pension fund? Prospects of a 'hostile takeover' are being probed

May. 24, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A battle is under way for the future of Ohio’s $94 billion teacher pension fund, as would-be reformers’ attempts to deliver long-promised benefits to retirees with the help of an aggressive investment firm touting an untested AI-driven trading strategy face intense...

Microsoft quarterly profit rises 20% as tech giant pushes to get customers using AI products

Apr. 25, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

Microsoft on Thursday said its profit rose 20% for the January-March quarter as it tries to position itself as a leader in applying artificial intelligence technology to make workplaces more productive. The company reported quarterly net income of $21.93 billion, or $2.94 per share,...