MEXICO

Gas pipeline ruptures

A geyser of gasoline spewed into the sky from a state-owned pipeline in western Mexico, forcing officials to evacuate about 5,000 people Wednesday. Authorities blamed the accident on fuel thieves tapping into the pipe. Gasoline plumed above a field close to a housing development in Tlajomulco, a town near Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco state. The fuel did not catch fire, and crews were able to shut down the flow of gasoline in the pipeline, which was leaking about 150 yards from some homes. There were no reports of injuries. Emergency personnel set up a sandbag barrier around the leak to contain the gasoline and prevent it from contaminating more soil or entering storm drains.

CONGO

Rebel stronghold retaken

The Congolese army retook one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels Wednesday, with fighters running for the hills as the military sought to extinguish the 18-month-old insurrection, officials said. As the army retook the town of Bunagana, leaving the M23 with a small sliver of territory, the civilian leader of the rebel movement fled Congo, crossing the border into Uganda and prompting calls for his extradition. The recapture of Bunagana comes just days after the U.N. special representative said: “We are witnessing the military end of the M23.”

TUNISIA

Bombs target tourists

A suicide bomber and a teenager carrying a backpack loaded with explosives attacked two sites popular with tourists Wednesday, raising fears that Tunisia’s Islamist extremists may be adopting more violent tactics. No one was killed besides the suicide bomber, but with the Interior Ministry saying both men belonged to the same extremist group, the attacks could signal the adoption of more deadly tactics by Tunisia’s Islamic extremists, including ones aimed at tourists. Religious extremism has been growing here since Tunisians kicked off the Arab Spring in 2011 by overthrowing their authoritarian president.

Compiled from wire reports.