Iraqis prepare to defend capital...Officials: Pakistani jets kill militants... Anger grows over shoot-down in Ukraine

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Updated: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:15:18 EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiite men from across Iraq are answering an urgent call to arms from the nation's top Shiite cleric. They're joining security forces to fight Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, who've captured large areas of territory north of Baghdad and are threatening cities with revered religious shrines.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan early Sunday morning, killing as many as 100 militants. Many of those killed are believed to be foreign fighters. The officials say it's the second strike on the region since an attack on the Karachi airport a week ago that left 36 people dead.

NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) —The deadliest incident for the Ukrainian military in the four-month-old conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east is drawing condemnation and concern from the White House, European leaders and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon. A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Saturday morning. All 49 people aboard were killed.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese. In a commencement address at the University of California, Irvine on Saturday, Obama called on lawmakers to act on global warming. He said Congress "is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence" and say climate change is a hoax or fad.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A major sector of the United Church of Christ is calling for a boycott of the Washington Redskins until the team changes its name. The Central Atlantic Conference, which has 40,000 members in Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and parts of Virginia and West Virginia, has passed a resolution denouncing the name that many consider a racial slur.

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