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Iraqi PM vows to regain lost land...Pakistan launches offensive against militants... Wildfire rages in California

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 15, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is vowing to "liberate every inch" of territory that's been captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Sunni militant group has overrun cities and towns across northern Iraq and is vowing to take the battle to Iraq's capital and cities farther south. Thousands of Shiite men are taking up arms against the ISIL.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A "comprehensive" Pakistani military operation against foreign and local militants is underway in a tribal region near the Afghan border. An army statement says the long-awaited offensive in North Waziristan was started at the direction of the government. North Waziristan is home to a mix of local and al-Qaida linked foreign militants.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gunshots may have been fired during anti-World Cup protests. A motorcycle policeman can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appears to be a live pistol round at protesters near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium on Sunday. Authorities say if they verify the accuracy of the video, they'll "immediately open an investigation into the incident."

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Crews are fighting a wildfire that's threatening 500 homes near the Sequoia National Forest in central California. But their efforts were hindered Sunday afternoon by 17- to 20-mph wind gusts. The blaze, which is only 10 percent contained, has consumed 3.1 square miles of trees, grass and chaparral and destroyed at least two structures.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are the NBA champions. They won their fifth championship by beating the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night to win the series in five games. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who also won titles in 1999, 2003, '05 and '07. LeBron James had 31 points and 10 rebounds as Miami's two-year title reign ended.

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