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U.S. air strikes show limits on Libya intervention

TUNIS — While U.S. jets and drones are pounding Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte, Western powers are unlikely to expand their military involvement rapidly, anxious to avoid exacerbating factional divisions as the government they support struggles to establish itself.

Greek police arrest 24 in crackdown on tax-dodging cashless gadgets

ATHENS — Greek authorities said on Monday they had arrested 24 people in a crackdown on about 1,000 small businesses suspected of dodging capital controls and value-added tax by using cashless card-processing terminals linked to banks in Bulgaria.

Suicide bomber kills at least 70 at Pakistan hospital

QUETTA, Pakistan — A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 70 people and wounded more than a hundred on Monday in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta, according to officials in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.

Brazilian priest cited in ‘Spotlight’ hangs himself

BRASILIA — A Brazilian priest mentioned in the Catholic clergy sex abuse film "Spotlight" was found dead in a prison cell after he was arrested again for suspected pedophilia, authorities said on Monday.

Iran denies U.S. cash payment was related to nuclear deal

DUBAI — Iran said on Monday that $1.7 billion that the United States sent it in January was cash owned since before the 1979 revolution, confirming the White House's assertion that it was not related to nuclear talks or a prisoner release.

Report: Man charged in grenade case may have followed al Qaeda

MICHIGAN — U.S. authorities have found an apparent link between a Michigan man charged with illegally purchasing an arsenal of explosives and the radical U.S.-born al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, the Detroit News reported on Saturday.

Woman killed in London knife attack

LONDON — A U.S. woman was killed and five other people injured by a man with suspected mental health issues who went on a rampage with a knife in central London.

U.S. launches bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya Monday, responding to the U.N.-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte in what officials described as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.

Firefighters struggle to slow Big Sur blaze

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. — Firefighters struggled on Sunday to slow a deadly wildfire that has raged for 10 days near California’s Big Sur coast, destroying dozens of homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents and campers, authorities said.

China to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

BEIJING — China and Russia will hold “routine” naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

Niceties abound as Johnson meets Ayrault who called him liar

PARIS — Modestly shaking his head to deny he was any good at speaking French, Britain’s new foreign minister Boris Johnson sought to charm a media audience in Paris during a joint appearance with his French counterpart, who recently called him a liar.

Death of black man in Canada after arrest sparks race debate

OTTAWA — The death of a mentally ill black man following his arrest by police in Canada’s capital has sparked calls for a probe into whether race was a factor in the incident as advocacy groups voiced concerns over police violence against minorities.

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.