The World Today

2 French reporters abducted and slain


DAKAR — Two French journalists were kidnapped and killed in northern Mali on Saturday, the French foreign ministry said, underscoring the continuing instability of a region retaken from fighters linked to Al Qaeda only eight months ago. The reporters, Ghislaine Dupont, 51, and Claude Verlon, 58, worked for Radio France Internationale, a French state-supported broadcaster. (New York Times)


Clash of families kills nine people

ASSIUT, Egypt — A fight between two families sparked by a dispute in a line to buy bread killed nine people, security officials said. The officials said the feud began a month earlier in the governorate of Assiut when a member of the Shaibaa tribe was killed in a fight over who was first in line. Four members of the rival family were charged. Officials said members of the Shaibaa pursued the defendants’ relatives, killing two and their driver, and that the bereaved relatives then went to the house of the Shaibaa and killed six. (AP)


Cease-fire reached in northern battle

SANA — A cease-fire has taken effect between an Islamic Salafi movement and Hawthi rebels in the country’s restive northern region after three days of fighting that killed more than 100 people, officials said. Yehia Mansour, a member of a presidential committee tasked with negotiating the cease-fire, said Saturday that two army battalions would enforce the agreement in the northern Saada province. (AP)


Fireworks factory explosion kills 11


BEIJING — An explosion at a fireworks factory in the city of Cenxi killed 11 workers and injured 17 others, state media said Saturday. Most of the victims were female workers who were assembling fuses for firecrackers, the official Xinhua News Agency said. (AP)