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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,...

World seeing near breakdown of international law amid wars in Gaza and Ukraine, Amnesty says

Apr. 23, 2024 20:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The world is seeing a near breakdown of international law amid flagrant rule-breaking in Gaza and Ukraine, multiplying armed conflicts, the rise of authoritarianism and huge rights violations in Sudan, Ethiopia and Myanmar, Amnesty International warned Wednesday as it published its...

Human rights group alleges widespread torture, abuse of detainees accused of IS affiliation in Syria

Apr. 17, 2024 14:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday it has documented widespread abuses, including torture and deprivation of medical care, in detention facilities holding thousands of suspected Islamic State members and their relatives in northeast Syria. The centers and camps hold...

Cambodia's relocation of people from UNESCO site raises concerns

Apr. 11, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

RUN TA EK, Cambodia (AP) — It's been more than a year since Yem Srey Pin moved with her family from the village where she was born on Cambodia's Angkor UNESCO World Heritage site to Run Ta Ek, a dusty new settlement about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away. A tattered Cambodian flag...

Cambodia defends family relocations around the famous Angkor Wat temple complex

Mar. 04, 2024 05:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodia is rejecting allegations it violated international law by evicting people living around its famous Angkor Wat temple complex, saying in a report to UNESCO released Monday that it was only relocating squatters and not residents of more than 100 traditional villages. ...