At least 34 killed in mudslides after rains

At least 34 people died in mudslides triggered by torrential rains in a mountainous area of eastern Uganda that is prone to such disasters, a Red Cross official said Friday.

More victims were likely to be found when rescue teams access all affected areas in the foothills of Mount Elgon, said Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita.

People were killed by boulders and chunks of mud rolling down hills after sustained heavy rains Thursday in the Bududa district. Houses were destroyed in at least three villages, and in some cases only body parts of the victims have been recovered, she said.

“We expect the death toll to increase as some people are still missing,” Nakasiita said. “It’s really bad.”

It was difficult to establish the number of dead because it had been a busy market day, lawmaker Godfrey Watenga Nabutanyi told broadcaster NTV. “Bridges are gone. Roads have been cut off.”

— Associated Press

Rome resisting E.U. on cyberattack sanctions

Italy is resisting a European Union push to impose sanctions on states that carry out cyberattacks, a move that appears in line with Rome’s calls to de-escalate tensions with Russia but that could alienate it from its E.U. allies.

Diplomats said the sanctions plan is meant to strengthen E.U. defenses and deterrence against cyberattacks, in particular from Russia, which has been at the center of allegations of elections meddling in various Western states in recent months as well as security breaches conducted through electronic means.

But Italy has opposed the idea of a new penalty regime, a confidential E.U. document seen by Reuters shows. The plan has broad support among E.U. states except for Italy, according to the document.

Italy has repeatedly urged relaxing sanctions against Russia, which has been the target of a range of E.U. penalties since the Ukraine crisis.

— Reuters

7 Palestinians reported killed along border

Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians on Friday in protests along Gaza’s border, Gaza health officials said. Israel said its troops had shot and killed a group that broke through a fence with a bomb and attacked an army post.

The Palestinian deaths bring to about 200 the number of Gazans killed since the border protests began March 30, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures.

Gaza medics said that, in addition to the seven dead, about 140 were wounded.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, tweeted that one group of demonstrators had “detonated a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border fence,” allowing around 20 people to climb through the hole. He said that about five members of the group had then launched an attack against a military post inside Israel and that all had been killed by Israeli troops.

— Reuters

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 ½ years for 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.

— From news services