WORLD IN BRIEF: Blasts kill 35 at Pakistan shrine

LAHORE, Pakistan -- A government official says two suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing 35 people.

Khusro Pervez, the top local official in Lahore, says more than 100 people were wounded in Thursday's attacks at the Data Dharbar shrine.

Police are still investigating the source of a third blast that followed the two suicide bombers.

The site contains the tomb of a famous Sufi saint and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Remnants of Alex drench Mexico

MATAMOROS, Mexico -- The sprawling remains of Hurricane Alex drenched much of northern Mexico on Thursday, paralyzing the major city of Monterrey. At least two people were killed when dry rivers roared to life and highways turned into rushing streams.

Hurricane Alex ripped off roofs, caused severe flooding and forced thousands of people to flee coastal fishing villages as it hit land Wednesday evening in the border state of Tamaulipas. Power and telephone service were down in several towns and cities.

The storm weakened to a tropical storm Thursday as it moved west to Nuevo Leon state, but it still caused major problems.

The dry Santa Catalina river that cuts through Monterrey roared to life, sweeping away cars and parts of rickety, wooden homes built along its path.

NATO: Taliban chief arrested

KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai has signed a decree launching an Afghan program to lure Taliban foot soldiers off the battlefield, as troops continue rounding up mid- to senior-level militant commanders including a Taliban leader captured in a four-hour gunbattle in the south, NATO said Thursday.

NATO said the Taliban district chief of Now Zad was captured and an unspecified number of insurgents were killed during an Afghan-international force operation Wednesday night in the remote Baghran district in northern Helmand province.

Taliban fighters inside the compound fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns before troops called in a precision airstrike, NATO said.

There were no casualties among civilians, Afghan troops or international service members, but an undisclosed number of Taliban were killed or wounded, the alliance said. Helmand provincial spokesman Dawood Ahmadi said 31 militants were killed.