• 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.

  • New Mexico lawmakers to discuss campaign finance reform

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The amount of money being spent on New Mexico politics by nonprofits and other independent groups is growing, but top elections officials told lawmakers Monday their hands are tied when it comes to ensuring transparency given that the state’s campaign finance reporting laws are outdated.

  • In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, Bruce Roter, founder and president of the Museum of Political Corruption, poses with a mug in Albany, N.Y. Roter envisions a museum that would not only detail Albany’s many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A resident of New York’s capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany’s most abundant renewable resources: political corruption.

  • 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.

  • Pope Francis boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Africa, at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis is leaving for a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, from Nov. 25-30. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope brings peace message to Africa amid security fears

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pope Francis wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence, but security concerns are so high that he might be forced to make changes to his itinerary for the final leg of the trip.

  • House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, left, discusses reforms for the state's troubled campaign finance reporting system and the need for an ethics commission as fellow Democrat Rep. Javier Martinez listens during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    House Democrats outline campaign finance reforms

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Democratic leaders on Tuesday rolled out their proposals for reforming New Mexico’s scandal-plagued campaign finance reporting system and creating a statewide ethics commission — measures they say would help restore voters’ faith in government.

  • In this March 24, 2015 file photo UEFA President Michel Platini speaks during a news conference at the end of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria. Platini's lawyer said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 that FIFA ethics committee requests life ban for UEFA president Michel Platini. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

    Platini’s lawyer: FIFA ethics committee requests life ban for UEFA president Michel Platini

    PARIS (AP) — The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman’s lawyer said Tuesday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter.