WORLD IN BRIEF
Mafia Boss Captured in Sicily After 43 Years as a Fugitive
PALERMO, Italy -- Bernardo Provenzano, the reputed top boss of Sicily's Mafia, was arrested Tuesday in a farmhouse on the island after more than four decades on the run.
"Thank God. The hunt is finally over," Palermo police chief Giuseppe Caruso said after agents captured Italy's most-wanted man near his native Corleone, the town made famous by "The Godfather" movies.
Provenzano, who is said to have steered the group away from murder and into rackets such as drug dealing in recent years, did not resist when about 50 officers closed in on the farmhouse. He acknowledged his identity after first denying it and appeared surprised at having been caught, police said. He was later flown to Palermo and taken to the main police station.
A crowd hurled angry taunts of "Assassin!" and "Bastard!" at Provenzano as policemen wearing black balaclavas escorted him into the building. Youths from an anti-Mafia association chanted, "We are the real Sicily."
Now 73, Provenzano was known as "Binnu the Tractor" because of the way he allegedly mowed down enemies as a rising hit man of the Corleone clan. He has been a fugitive since 1963.
He was sentenced in absentia to life in prison in connection with the Mafia's most notorious crimes of recent decades, including the killings in 1992 of the anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
· ASADABAD, Afghanistan -- A rocket slammed into a crowded schoolyard near a base of the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan, killing seven children and wounding 34 other people.
Police blamed Taliban insurgents for the explosion at the Salabagh School in Asadabad, near the Pakistani border. A purported Taliban spokesman denied involvement.
· KARACHI, Pakistan -- Two suicide attackers detonated a bomb during an outdoor Sunni Muslim prayer service, killing at least 55 people and wounding dozens. In the ensuing violence, angry mobs torched cars and threw rocks at police, who fired warning shots in the air.
The blast occurred near leaders of a Sunni Tehrik group who were seated by a stage in front of thousands of people marking the birth of the prophet Muhammad. Several leaders were killed.