North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself. The congress drew thousands of selected delegates from across the country to Pyongyang for what, in theory at least, was a gathering of North Korea's top decision-making body.
Militants have blown an offshore oil facility operated by US oil group Chevron in southern Nigeria, the navy said on Friday, in renewed violence that could hit exports in Africa's largest oil producer. "There was an attack on a Chevron facility near Escravos on Wednesday night. The incident happened about four nautical miles from Escravos, near Warri, in Delta state," spokesman Chris Ezekobe told AFP.