Rebels clash with government forces in Chad

NAIROBI, Kenya - Hundreds of rebels penetrated the capital of Chad on Saturday, clashing with government troops and moving on the presidential palace after a three-day advance through the oil-producing central African nation, officials and witnesses said.

Chad's ambassador to Ethiopia said the capital had not fallen and that President Idriss Deby was 'fine' in his palace.

'The situation is under control,' ambassador Cherif Mahamat Zene told The Associated Press. 'The head of state is fine in his palace ... It's true that there are some rebels who have entered the city, but to say the city has fallen is false.'

A French military spokesman, Col. Thierry Burkhard, said Chadian government forces were pushing rebels away from the presidential palace but that the outcome of the fighting Saturday remained unclear.

French president Sarkozy marries former model

PARIS - They had a glitzy, jet-setting courtship, but when it came time for the wedding, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni opted for a simple, classic ceremony - and the bride wore white.

Sarkozy, 53, and Bruni, 40, were married Saturday in a small private ceremony at the presidential Elysee Palace, less than three months after they reportedly first met, and less than four months after his divorce from the previous first lady, Cecilia.

The newlyweds said in a statement only that they tied the knot 'in the presence of their families in the strictest privacy.'

Iraqis bury slain in bombings, raise toll to 99

BAGHDAD - Weeping relatives loaded simple wood coffins atop minivans Saturday in Baghdad as the city buried dozens of victims of the deadliest bombings since the U.S. flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.

Iraqi officials raised the death toll of Friday's attacks to at least 99 - including 62 people killed at the central al-Ghazl market and 37 others killed about 20 minutes later across town, at the New Baghdad area pigeon market. The Iraqi police, hospital and Interior Ministry officials all spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

At least 88 people were wounded in al-Ghazl and 56 others in the second blast, they said.

Two mentally disabled women strapped with remote-control explosives - and possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers - brought carnage to the two pet bazaars.