Bombs leave 24 dead in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Pakistan's northwest Sunday, killing 18 people, and another bomb in the volatile region left six others dead. The attacks were the latest in a wave of bloodshed to hit Pakistan since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The suicide bomber struck the bakery in a neighborhood where army personnel live in the town of Nowshera, police said. At least two soldiers were among the dead.

Also Sunday, a Pakistani security official said authorities are nearly certain that a recent U.S. missile strike killed al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri. - AP

Social Democrats win in Portugal

LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's Social Democrats unseated the Socialist government in a convincing election victory Sunday, according to projections, putting them in charge of a grinding austerity program amid a $114 billion bailout expected to pitch the country into deep recession.

The center-right Social Democratic Party collected between 38 percent and 42 percent in the ballot compared with about 24 percent to 29 percent for the center-left Socialists, according to two exit polls.

The Social Democrats sought a mandate to enact unpopular fiscal measures and longer-term economic reforms such as making it easier to hire and fire workers.

But the result would leave them just shy of an absolute majority. - AP

In Egypt poll, few favor a theocracy

CAIRO - A poll released Sunday indicates that at this point, just a small minority of Egyptians support the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, and less than 1 percent favor an Iran-style Islamic theocracy.

The Gallup poll conducted after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak found that while 69 percent of Egyptians want religious leaders to have an "advisory role" in new legislation, most do not want a government based in religion.

Only 15 percent said they support the Muslim Brotherhood, while more than 60 percent showed no political preference. The results seemed to counter a widely held view that the Brotherhood will be the main winner in September's parliamentary elections. - AP


The Haitian government and international aid groups evacuated more than 50 families to dry land Sunday after the Caribbean country's largest lake overflowed from days of heavy rains.

Mexican soldiers swept into the compound of former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon early Saturday, leaving with a cache of arms and the gambling tycoon in custody.

Venezuela's relations with the United States are frozen and President Hugo Chavez's government sees no possibility of improvement after Washington hit its state oil company with sanctions, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Sunday.

A teenager in Hamburg-Bramfeld, Germany, who forgot to mark her 16th birthday invitation private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and about 100 police officers were needed to control the crowd, police said Sunday.