Journalists' 2 sons killed in Chihuahua

CIUDAD JUAREZ - Authorities in a northern Mexico say two sons of a well-known journalism couple have been assassinated in the state capital.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor's office says 21-year-old David Paramo and 23-year-old Alejandro Paramo were followed by gunmen, intercepted at an intersection and shot as they were driving home about 4 a.m. Saturday.

They were the sons of financial journalist David Paramo of TV Azteca and Martha Gonzalez Nicholson, who is editor of the newspaper Peso de Chihuahua.

Prosecutor's spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said Sunday that the killing had nothing to do with the parents' work as journalists.

He gave no specifics on possible motives.


Attacks kill 9, leave dozens hurt in capital

BAGHDAD - A series of attacks in a Sunni area of Baghdad killed nine people and wounded dozens on Sunday in and around the Iraqi capital.

The attacks came amid heightened sectarian tension following a deadly security crackdown on a camp in northern Iraq run by Sunnis, protesting what they consider to be their second-class treatment by the Shiite-led government.

Government investigators say the April 23 incident left 40 people dead, while follow-up attacks and battles has killed well over 200 more.

The bloodshed has raised fears that the country could be heading for a new wave of sectarian fighting like that which nearly pushed it to the brink of civil war in the middle of the last decade.


Military is tapped to help fight crime

CARACAS - Venezuela's top security official announced Sunday the government of President Nicolas Maduro will use the military to fight rampant violent crime, raising concerns the initiative could lead to human rights violations.

Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez said personnel from the army, navy and air force will join National Guard troops as part of an anti-crime initiative.

Rodriguez did not provide details of the plan during an interview broadcast on state television, but he said tapping the military would give the government "potential that we can use to quickly reduce the crime rate."

"It will be a good tool that is going to bring peace to citizens," he said.


Thousands protest Hollande's 1st year

PARIS - Tens of thousands of supporters of leftist parties marched through central Paris Sunday to express disappointment with President Francois Hollande, criticizing the leader for reneging on his promises to rein in the world of finance and enact economic stimulus.

Hollande, a Socialist, rose to the presidency last May, promising to spare France the austerity measures imposed elsewhere in Europe. And the French government has largely avoided the spending cuts, tax hikes and wide-ranging reforms of many of its neighbors.

Instead, it has nibbled around the edges of its deficit, cutting 10 billion euros ($13 billion) in spending and increasing taxes by 20 billion euros. That's relatively little for a country with a 2 trillion euro economy of which 57 percent is government spending.

Still, France's economy has continued to deteriorate, with growth stagnating and unemployment rising above 10 percent.


Divorce rate is up in the past year

One in 5.2 marriages led to divorce in the past (Iranian calendar) year, the Mehr News Agency quoted Hassan Mousavi, the head of the Iranian Association of Social Workers, as saying.

The past Iranian year ended on March 20.

Statistics show that in the Iranian year that ended in March 2012, one in 6.5 marriages ended in divorce.

This issue indicates family health in Iran is grappling with serious problems, Mousavi noted.

Last year, 791,656 marriages were registered, while the figure was 874,782 in the year to March 2012, he added.

Inflation in Iran amounted to 25.4 percent on the average during the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, the Fars News Agency reported.


Long-ruling coalition hangs on to power

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's long-governing coalition won national elections Sunday to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process.

The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 127 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats to win a majority Sunday. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance seized 77 seats, and other races were too close to call.

It was the National Front's 13th consecutive victory in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957.

It faced its most unified challenge ever from an opposition that hoped to capitalize on allegations of arrogance, abuse of public funds and racial discrimination against the government.

The Associated Press