Algeria to cut food prices after riots:
Algeria’s government said it would slash the cost of some staple foods to try to quell rioting, triggered by price rises, that has left two people dead and several hundred injured since Thursday. Government ministers met in the capital to discuss how to respond to the wave of unrest. As they did so, fresh protests broke out in two cities in the volatile Kabylie region, east of Algiers, the capital. French abductees reported
killed in Niger: Two French hostages kidnapped in the Niger capital Friday night were killed by their captors despite a rescue attempt by French forces, President Nicolas Sarkozy said. The hostages were found dead at the Niger-Mali border after French troops there clashed with the kidnappers, killing several of them, French officials said.