Murders decline in Mexican city

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's federal security spokesman says homicides in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez have dropped from an average of 11 a day to about four a day during the past six months.

Alejandro Poire says the drop is the result of the deployment of thousands of federal police and efforts by local prosecutors. But he adds in comments Friday that "the problem is not 100 percent solved."

More than 6,000 people have died in drug-related violence in the city across from El Paso, Texas, in the past two years.

Chileans protest dams on wilderness rivers

SANTIAGO, Chile — Tens of thousands of people massed in the center of Chile's capital Friday night for new protests against the government's plan to dam two wild rivers in the country's southern Patagonia region.

Most demonstrators were peaceful, but bands of hooded protesters attacked police and smashed shop windows and damaged other property.

Environmentalists and others are angry over the $7 billion plan to build five dams on two free-running rivers in a mostly roadless region of Patagonia known for picturesque glaciers and stunning green valleys and fjords.

NATO sinks Libyan ships in three ports

TRIPOLI, Libya — A series of NATO airstrikes on Libyan government vessels left ships burned, battered and sunk in three different ports Friday as the alliance sought to degrade the ability of Moammar Gadhafi's regime to attack rebel enclaves from the sea.

The strikes came after alliance forces in recent weeks had observed Libyan vessels stepping up attacks and employing "indiscriminate mining" in sea lanes outside the rebel-held city of Misrata, NATO said.