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Islamists attack French church, slit priest’s throat

RUEN, France — Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a French church service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat on Tuesday, a murder made even more shocking as one of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist under supposedly tight surveillance.

Up to 1.65 million women at risk for Zika

CHICAGO — As many as 1.65 million women of childbearing age in Central and Latin America are at risk of being infected with Zika, resulting in tens of thousands of pregnancies that could be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that is linked with severe birth defects.

Nineteen killed and dozens wounded in Japan knife attack

SAGAMIHARA, Japan — Nineteen people were killed and dozens were wounded after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in central Japan early on Tuesday, media reported, in Japan's worst mass killing in decades.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul attack, 80 dead

KABUL — Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State.

Erdogan declares state of emergency in Turkey

ISTANBUL — Turkey has declared a state of emergency across the country for three months in the wake of last week’s bloody failed coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday in a live television broadcast.

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after coup fails

ISTANBUL — Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.

Faith in government drops as France mourns victims

PARIS — Crowds jeered France’s leaders at a tribute on Monday to victims of last week’s truck attack in Nice and an opinion poll showed a sharp drop in confi dence in the ability of President Francois Hollande’s government to combat terrorism.

Turkey widens post-coup purge, demands Washington hand over cleric

ISTANBUL — Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the United States unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.

Turkish authorities round up suspects after thwarting coup

ISTANBUL/ANKARA — Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters on Saturday and ordered thousands of judges detained after thwarting a coup by rebels using tanks and attack helicopters to try to topple President Tayyip Erdogan.

Police arrest three in Nice as Islamic State claims truck attack

NICE, France — Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the truck attack that killed at least 84 people celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice and police arrested three more people there in connection with the seafront carnage.

Truck attacker kills at least 75 in Bastille Day crowd

NICE, France — An attacker killed at least 75 people and injured scores when he drove a truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, a local politician said.

Hundreds face torture, enforced disappearance in Egypt

CAIRO — Egyptian security agents have abducted and tortured “at least several hundred people,” some as young as 14, in an unprecedented spike in enforced disappearances aimed at silencing opponents, Amnesty International asserted in a report published Wednesday.

Pakistan says leader of school attack killed in U.S. drone strike

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The alleged mastermind of the 2014 attack on a school in Pakistan in which more than 150 people died, most of them children, has been killed in an American drone strike in Afghanistan, the Pakistan military and sources in the Pakistani Taliban said.

Twenty killed as trains collide in Italy

BARI, Italy — Twenty people died and dozens were injured on Tuesday when two passenger trains collided at high speed in southern Italy, sending debris flying into surrounding olive groves.