BAGHDAD — A car bomb tore through a cafe packed with young men watching a football match Tuesday in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people, officials said. It was the first major attack since U.S. commandos killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck a Shiite enclave in a mainly Sunni neighborhood, but it bore the hallmarks of the terrorism network's chapter in Iraq.
Canada's leader pledges no surprises
TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday that he won't surprise Canadians with a hidden-right-wing agenda after his Conservatives won a coveted majority in what will be a dramatically reshaped Parliament.
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Harper, who took office in 2006, failed to win the majority of Parliament's 308 seats in two previous elections but Monday's vote gave him 167 seats, allowing him to pass any legislation he wants.
Harper deliberately avoided sweeping policy changes in a minority government, but now has an opportunity to remake traditionally liberal Canada.
Cubans must get used to weaker coffee
HAVANA — Cubans' morning joe will be a little more bitter and a little less potent as the island returns to mixing coffee with roasted peas in a cost-saving move.
The blend is being distributed beginning this month for domestic consumption, the Interior Commerce Ministry said Tuesday in an announcement published by Communist Party newspaper Granma. The change apparently will not affect coffee for export, for sale in pricier stores or in establishments catering to tourists.