MEXICO: Zetas cartel leader caught
Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel, has been captured in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to drive down persistent violence, a U.S. federal official confirmed. Treviño Morales, known as "Z-40," was captured by Mexican Marines in Nuevo Laredo, the media reported. Treviño led a corps of special forces defectors who splintered off into their own cartel, expanding from drug dealing into extortion and human trafficking.
ITALY: Uproar over politician's slur
Calls mounted Monday for Senate vice president Roberto Calderoli to resign after he compared Italy's first black cabinet minister to an orangutan. Calderoli, a leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League, has insisted he was only joking when he made the "aesthetic" comment about Cecile Kyenge at a league rally last weekend. He told the newspaper Corriere della Sera that he compares all his colleagues to animals. Kyenge, a Congolese-born eye doctor, has been insulted with racist slurs from the Northern League ever since she was named integration minister in April. One member called her a Congolese "monkey," while another said she deserved to be raped. Kyenge responded to the latest insult by saying it's not for her to demand a resignation but for Italians to reflect on the merits of public office-holders.
BANGLADESH: 91-year-old gets 90 years
Ghulam Azam, 91, former chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced to 90 years in jail on Monday for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, angering both supporters who said the trial was politically motivated and opponents who said he should be executed. A special tribunal of three judges announced the decision against Azam in a packed courtroom in Dhaka. The panel said Azam deserved capital punishment, but received a jail sentence instead because of his advanced age and poor health.