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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for June 11, 2015.

US considering string of military bases in Iraq

Looking to aid in the fight against the Islamic State, the United States is reportedly considering creating a new network of military bases in Iraq. The bases would have trainers, who could work with Iraqi security forces and local tribesmen as they fight back against IS.

[Read more from the New York Times]

Manhunt for escaped New York prisoners continues

The search for two convicts who escaped from an upstate New York prison over the weekend intensified Thursday, after blodhounds picked up a strong scent.

[Read more from ABC News]

FIFA official jokes about recent scandal, gets sacked

The international soccer governing body FIFA fired communications director Walter De Gregorio for a joke he made on Swiss TV referencing the organization's recent troubles. The joke: "The FIFA president, secretary general and communications director are all travellng in a car. Who's driving? The police."

[Read more from the BBC]

Legendary actor Christopher Lee dies

Christopher Lee, the iconic actor known for his role as Dracula, his performance in "The Lord of the Rings" and countless other productions, died Sunday at the age of 93. Prior to acting, Lee fought during World War II, volunteered with Finnish forces and later worked with the SAS.

[Read more from the Independent]

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Animal Humane Society plans trailblazing new campus

Take a look inside the plans for a first-of-its-kind adoption center and animal care campus.

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Minnesota reports 'concerning level' of syphilis cases

The Minnesota Department of Health says most of the cases are being discovered in the northern part of the state.

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Airport police intercept 5,600 fentanyl pills headed to St. Cloud

Three were arrested following a police raid in St. Cloud.

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Minnesota switches to weekly COVID updates

The weekly updates will be provided on Thursdays.

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Man shot inside Oakdale movie theater expected to survive

The 23-year-old victim underwent surgery and is recovering at the hospital.

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Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

More cases are expected in the coming days and weeks, the health department says.

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, June 29

One of the newly reported deaths was a person aged 15-19 from Yellow Medicine County.

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Drone drops bag of candy near kids fishing

A black SUV quickly left the area afterwards.

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Al Franken to bring comedy tour to Minneapolis

Acme Comedy is hosting the former senator in late August.

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Alabama replaces Toby Keith as headliner at MN music festival

The Lakefront Music Festival is set to take place in Prior Lake on July 8-9.

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