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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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Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

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No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

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Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

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Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

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10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

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Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

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Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

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Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.

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Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

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Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

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You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 18

Minnesota has reached 11,000 COVID-19 deaths.

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