• In this Oct. 27, 2015 file photo, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay talks about his economic platform during a dialogue with the country's business sector at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass. But Binay, who is running fourth in opinion polls ahead of May 9, 2016 presidential elections, is battling another image he says is a political smear - that of a corrupt bureaucrat who built a fortune from government coffers. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    Corruption allegations hound Binay in Philippine election

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass.

  • Brazil's athlete Hudson Alves rappels down in front of a huge Brazilian flag, carrying the Olympic flame in a lantern during the torch relay in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The three-month torch relay across Brazil will end at the opening ceremony on Aug. 5 at Maracana stadium in Rio. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Rio city council commission formed to probe Olympic projects

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s city council set up a commission on Tuesday to investigate whether the city’s Olympic projects were tarnished by corruption.

  • Andrew Wergeland-Rammage wears a vintage Seattle SuperSonics' jersey as he testifies before the Seattle City Council, including members Tim Burgess, left, and Bruce Harrell, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Seattle. The council was expected to vote on Monday on whether to vacate a stretch of road where an investor hopes to eventually build an arena that could house an NBA and NHL team. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Council votes not to sell street for potential Seattle arena

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s City Council on Monday voted not to vacate a stretch of road where an investor aiming to bring an NBA team to the city hopes to eventually build an arena that could house it.

  • Judge: Former mayor’s Facebook page considered public record

    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The City of Alamogordo and its former mayor violated state public records law when they denied a citizen’s request to inspect a Facebook page, according to a ruling by a New Mexico judge.

  • Philippine senator and vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV, center, is escorted after going to a bank to meet the lawyer of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte in Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 2, 2016. Allegations that the Philippine presidential frontrunner kept a fat bank account which was not publicly declared as required by law have not been resolved as hoped for after Trillanes faced Duterte's lawyer at the bank. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Wealth question hangs over Filipino mayor’s presidential run

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Allegations that the Philippine presidential election front-runner had a large sum of money in an undeclared bank account were not resolved Monday, allowing the issue to hang over the final week of the closely fought race.

  • In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, people attend the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival at Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea. The future of Asia’s largest, most-awaited film festival is in question as local filmmakers threaten to boycott the red carpet over what they view as government interference. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    Feud over artistic independence threatens Asian film fest

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The future of Asia’s largest, most-awaited film festival is in question as South Korean filmmakers threaten to boycott the red carpet over what they view as government interference.

  • Protestors march seeking repeal of a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples, transgender people and others. More than 300 people attended a March and rally Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo Jeff Amy)

    LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they’re not giving up their fight.

  • Roswell proposes charging parents of absentee students

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Roswell City Council is considering a new ordinance that would penalize parents of chronically truant students.

  • In this April 28, 2016 photo, Candidate for London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks during an assembly at the London Mayor election event of London Citizens in London. In the race to become London’s next mayor, one candidate is a bus driver's son who grew up in social housing, the other a billionaire's son raised in a mansion. They are two very different London success stories, and one is about to become mayor of Europe's largest city. The contrast between Labour's Sadiq Khan and Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith is resonant in a city where soaring property prices are increasing income disparities.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    In London’s mayoral race, candidate rejects ‘extremism’ barb

    LONDON (AP) — One is a bus driver’s son who grew up in social housing, the other a billionaire’s son raised in a mansion. They are two very different London success stories, and one is about to become the city’s next mayor.

  • In this April 28, 2016 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is surrounded by reporters as he leaves an event in New York after some of his aides were subpoenaed by state and federal prosecutors amid investigations into his campaign fundraising operation. A failed effort by New York City's mayor and a network of allies to elect three Democratic state senators in 2014 is under criminal investigation for financial practices their lawyer calls both legal and common. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    Probe of NYC mayor casts harsh light on lax campaign laws

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A probe swirling around New York City’s mayor has cast a harsh light on some of the nation’s most lax campaign finance laws, with contribution limits so easy to get around that even government watchdogs acknowledge a ring of truth to the familiar excuse: Hey, everybody’s doing it.