• ADVANCE FOR RUSSIA AIDS  Bishop Methodius speaks to the Associated press at the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Methodius says living a pure life is the best way to protect yourself from becoming infected with the HIV virus. The Russian Orthodox Church has come down strongly against comprehensive sexual education programs in schools, which are widely thought to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia HIV infection bucks trends as World Aids Day marked

    MOSCOW (AP) — On a frigid evening on the outskirts of Moscow, two HIV-prevention activists unzip backpacks, pull out packs of hypodermic needles and start discretely approaching people leaving a nearby pharmacy with an offer that could save their lives.

  • Tahir Elci, the head of Diyarbakir Bar Association, speaks to the media shortly before being killed in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Elci, a prominent lawyer, who faced a prison term on charges of supporting Turkey's Kurdish rebels, has been killed in an attack in Diyarbakir. Elci was shot on Saturday while he was making a press statement in front of a historical mosques damaged during fightings between Kurdish rebels and security forces. Elci holds a placard that reads: " Let's protect humanity heritage." (IHA agency via AP) TURKEY OUT

    Prominent human rights activist killed in attack in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed Saturday in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died, officials said.

  • Supporters of former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed participate in a protest rally in Male, Maldives, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Hundreds of opposition supporters have started a three-day long protest demanding the release of the country’s ex-president and other politicians and activists in jail. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain).

    Maldives opposition to regroup for 2nd night of protests

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in the Maldives dispersed opposition protesters for a second straight day Saturday, using tear gas and pepper spray and arresting more than a dozen demonstrators demanding the release of a former president and other jailed political leaders.