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ALGIERS—The Algerian government announced Sunday that it has taken measures to curb rising food prices, which had sparked riots across the country that left three people dead.

The government said it has slashed taxes on sugar and oil by 41 percent until Aug. 31, the official agency said.

More than 800 people were injured in the riots, Interior Minister Dahou Ould Kablia said, adding that 750 of them were members of the security forces. Around 1,000 protesters have been arrested.

'Right now, the situation is under control and security agencies are doing everything in their power to avoid direct confrontation with the demonstrators,' Kablia said on Sunday.

Calm was restored relatively early in some neighbourhoods in the capital, Algiers. Yet, clashes between demonstrators and police continued in at least three towns.

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Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.