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Saddam Hussein, described as tired and "resigned to his fate" - but also defiant and unapologetic - was captured by US forces in a hole under a house near his Iraqi hometown, Tikrit. His identity was confirmed via DNA testing. Also found at the site and confiscated were $750,000 in cash and three firearms. Baghdad and other Iraqi cities erupted in public celebrations. US authorities did not reveal where Hussein is being kept, and there was no immediate word on what will happen to him next. Iraq's interim Governing Council established a tribunal last week to hear genocide, war-crimes, and other charges against him and members of his former regime. In related developments:

• Reaction to Hussein's arrest, sampled by journalists across the Arab world, ranged from disbelief to joy. World leaders, meanwhile, offered their congratulations to US forces. Prominent among them: French President Jacques Chirac, a staunch opponent of the war to topple Hussein, whose spokeswoman said he was "delighted."

• Earlier in the day, a terrorist bomb exploded outside a police station in Khaldiyah, Iraq, killing at least 17 people and wounding 33 others.

A bomb explosion damaged a bridge and a section of road moments after a motorcade carrying President Pervez Musharraf passed the site in Rawal-pindi, Pakistan. The blast reportedly caused no casualties, and Musharraf "is safe and sound," a military spokesman said. Musharraf's support for the US counterterrorism campaign, especially in neighboring Afghanistan, has angered Muslim extremists in his nation.

As expected, the heads of state of the European Union failed to agree on a draft constitution that would have given all members equal voting strength. Their two-day summit in Brussels collapsed Saturday, raising doubts about the EU's future as it prepares to expand next spring by 15 members, many of them former Soviet bloc nations. The leaders said they'd meet again next year, but analysts said the collapse derails - at least for now - the EU's hopes for a profile on the world stage to rival that of the US.

Pledging a tough new code of ethics for Canada's ruling party, new Prime Minister Paul Martin accepted the oath of office Friday, succeeding the retiring Jean Chrétien. Chrétien's decade in power was marred by conflicts of interest among senior officials. Martin also rejected calls to cancel billions of dollars in planned tax cuts and said he'd lead efforts to improve relations with the US that became strained under Chrétien.

As many as 1 million people are expected to travel to the capital of Azerbaijan Monday for the state funeral of former President Gaidar Aliev. Aliev remained widely popular at home despite his hard-line rule. He died in a Cleveland medical clinic, where he'd been a frequent patient for major health problems.

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