Fire on Nigerian oil pipeline kills 16:
Sixteen people were killed when a fire broke out on an oil pipeline in the southeast of Nigeria, a spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. said. The state oil company said that the fire occurred along the Osisioma axis near the Aba depot, and that emergency services had been deployed to the scene. “The incident might have been caused by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept the flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba,” the NNPC said in a statement. Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; U.N. worker infected: Congo is reporting five new confirmed Ebola deaths in its latest outbreak, while a plumber with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is among several new cases. Congo’s Health Ministry said the number of confirmed Ebola cases is 170, including 95 deaths, as health workers express concern at the rising rate of new infections since the beginning of the month. Friday’s statement said that the plumber with the U.N. mission was infected while spending time at a traditional healing center where an Ebola victim was being cared for. Argentine court confirms former leader’s sentence: Argentina’s top criminal court confirmed a prison sentence for former president Carlos Menem. The ruling ratifies a 2015 sentence of 4 1/ years for
2 embezzlement. Menem is currently a senator, and that status protects him from being arrested. Menem, who is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court, says he is a victim of political persecution. Lawmakers would have to vote on whether to take away Menem’s immunity if the ruling is ratified by the Supreme Court.