Evening top 5: US air strikes, Dublin Zoo probe, and McCain slams Trump

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The United States has begun a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya.

The move came at the request of the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord, and was authorised by President Barack Obama, according to statement from a Pentagon spokesperson. 

The raids were carried out on positions in Sirte, a coastal city seen as one of the militant group's most important bases outside of Iraq and Syria. 


Pregnant women and partners have been told to avoid travelling to the Miami area affected by the Zika virus, as 10 new cases are confirmed in Florida.

The Department of Foreign Affairs warned women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant to consider postponing their travel.

The caution comes as officials confirm a total of 14 cases in the state, all thought to have been spread by local mosquitoes.


Dublin Zoo is investigating after a child gained access to a rhino enclosure over the weekend.

Images posted to social media on Saturday show the young boy standing inside the African Savanna enclosure, close to an adult on the other side of the fence. 

The child can be seen looking out from rocks along the plain's perimeter as a middle-aged man holds his hand.


A 25-year-old Irish woman is recovering after being attacked by three men in the southeastern French town of Avignon.

The victim, a tourist, was hit in the face with a chain lock during the apparently random assault, according to local media. 

The incident reportedly took place near to the woman's accommodation at around 6.30am on Saturday morning. 


John McCain has become the latest Republican to condemn Donald Trump’s comments about the parents of an American Muslim soldier who died in Iraq.

The US senator, whose war record was once belittled by Mr Trump, challenged the presidential candidate to “set the example for what our country can and should represent”.

His remarks came after a string of senior Republicans distanced themselves from Mr Trump’s response to a speech by Khizr Khan, whose son was killed by a suicide bomb in 2004 at the age of 27.