Government troops enforced an uneasy calm in Jos, Nigeria, after two days of ethnic and sectarian violence that killed an estimated 400 people. The injured also numbered in the hundreds, and property damage was heavy. The nation's worst unrest in years erupted after Christians and Muslims couldn't settle a dispute over local election results.
Police in Karachi, Pakistan, were ordered to shoot troublemakers on sight after two days of fighting between ethnic Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking refugees from India. At least 16 people were killed, 77 others were hurt, and 100 more were arrested. Gas stations in the huge city were closed to keep fuel out of the hands of would-be arsonists who already had set fire to cars and a lumber yard. Karachi has a long history of political, ethnic, and religious violence.
Members of OPEC, the oil cartel, adjourned a meeting Saturday without deciding on a new reduction in output. But Iran proposed a cut of 2 million barrels a day for consideration at another meeting scheduled for Dec. 17. Trading in crude futures closed at $54.43 a barrel Friday, down almost 60 percent from the spike last July of $147. In an interview, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said $75 would be "a fair price." OPEC, which produces 40 percent of the world's oil, cut output by 1.5 million barrels a day Oct. 24.