French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (AP)

Nicolas Sarkozy, the first French president to visit Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, said Thursday that those responsible for the killings should be found and punished, including any who might be residing in France.

Former President Omar Bongo of Gabon (Getty Images)

A suitcase containing $1 million in shrink-wrapped bills, hand-carried into New York by the former president of Gabon for his daughter to buy a Manhattan apartment. Purchases of a stretch Hummer H2 armored limousine and C-130 Hercules military transport planes for a civil war in Angola. And a shell company named Sweet Pink used to funnel millions of dollars into the United States from Equatorial Guinea.

President Barack Obama warned - United States would increase pressure on Sudan's government if it did not respond to a US engagement push aimed at securing a peace deal in Darfur.

President Barack Obama warned on Monday the United States would increase pressure on Sudan's government if it did not respond to a US engagement push aimed at securing a peace deal in Darfur.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy failed Friday to lure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas back to peace talks with Israel, as Abbas stuck to his insistence that an Israeli settlement freeze come first.

The three-hour meeting between Abbas and Washington's envoy, George Mitchell, came a day after Time magazine published an interview with Obama in which the president acknowledged he may have overestimated his ability to revive negotiations.

Taxpayers will be able to write off charitable donations to Haiti earthquake relief efforts when they file their 2009 taxes this spring under a bill President Obama signed Friday.    

he measure sped through Congress, receiving final approval Thursday.

Under current law, donors would have to wait until they file their 2010 returns next year to take the deductions. The bill would allow donations made by the end of February to be deducted from 2009 returns.

The hope is to encourage more donations. Obama has enlisted two former presidents — George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — to help raise money for quake victims.

A similar law was enacted in 2005 for donations to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.

The White House announced this week that the president and first lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 from their personal bank account to the Haiti relief effort.

Source: Associated Press

U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Republican Scott Brown, fresh from a stunning Massachusetts Senate victory that shook the power balance on Capitol Hill, declared Wednesday that his election had sent a "very powerful message" that voters are weary of backroom deals and Washington business-as-usual.

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