French court orders airline to pay presidential couple over ad

PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, won a lawsuit against Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, which was ordered to pay nearly $89,000 for an advertisement featuring a photo of the couple.

Sarkozy and Bruni filed separate lawsuits that were heard together in a court session in Paris, seeking damages for the carrier's use of the image for commercial purposes without permission.

Bruni, a former model turned singer, was awarded nearly $89,000. She had sought a more than $741,000. Sarkozy asked for a symbolic one euro - worth $1.47 - which the court granted.

Chad soldiers block flight from capital

N'DJAMENA, Chad - Hundreds of civilians have died in fierce fighting between rebels and government forces in Chad's capital, Red Cross officials said Tuesday, as the insurgents agreed to a cease-fire and their momentum faded. Former colonial power France threatened to enter the fight to support the government.

Chad's government told the French military it still was fighting rebels using 'air power' outside of N'Djamena, the capital, according to French military spokesman Cmdr. Christophe Prazuck.

Treasury imposes sanctions against family in Myanmar

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department on Tuesday announced it was imposing financial sanctions against family members of the military-run government of Myanmar and individuals it identified as key members of the financial empire of Tay Za, an influential businessman in the country.

'The president has made clear that we will continue to take action against the military junta and those who prop it up so long as human rights violations continue and democracy is suppressed,' said Adam Szubin, the director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Israel kills eight Hamas militants

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel killed eight Hamas militants Tuesday, firing missiles into the sandy courtyard of a Hamas police station as the Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for a bold strike inside Israel, the first suicide mission in over a year.

The latest round of violence followed two weeks of anarchy on the Gaza-Egypt border that has heightened Israeli concerns that Islamic militants could use the chaos to infiltrate into Israel to carry out attacks.