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A Free Syrian Army solider mans a checkpoint in the northern town of Ariha, on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria, last month. In rural areas held by rebels, new institutions are cropping up to fill the void left by the receding Syrian state. Khalil Hamra/AP hide caption

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A Spanish NATO soldier on patrol in Afghanistan. Insurgents in the country have been busier this summer than last, and more often than not, civilians are paying the price. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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Behind the Sun Florian Hoefner Group 0:20

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Sometimes Florian Hoefner Group 1:30

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The Jeffersons Theme (Karaoke Version) Silver Screen Symphony & Tinseltown Singers 0:29

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This Little Light of Mine GrandVista Recording Orchestra 0:29

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M1 Abrams tanks sit on the assembly line at a plant in Lima, Ohio, the only place where the tanks are manufactured. Plant and local officials fear the plant won't survive if the military temporarily halts new tank orders. General Dynamics Land Systems hide caption

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Lowly VCMG 0:06

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Mohammed Ahmed runs at the NCAA championships in June in Des Moines, Iowa. He's representing Canada at the Olympics and had to decide whether to fast for Ramadan this year. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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United States runner Kam Conley sheds layers to train for the Olympics in England on Monday. Less clothing means more evaporation, keeping athletes cooler. Hussein Malla/AP hide caption

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Nothing To Do Felicia Carter & Amy Shook 0:28

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Blues in the Closet Felicia Carter & Amy Shook 1:30

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Whatever Lola Wants [Gotan Project Remix] Various Artists 0:15

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Soul Sauce [Fila Brazilia Remix] Various Artists 0:55

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Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep Mogwai 0:13

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I Know You Are But What Am I? Mogwai 1:30

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Now There Is Nothing Hot Chip 0:30

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Ibeji Antibalas 0:20

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Not Just a Song Debo Band 0:30

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Health care workers in South Africa speak to residents during a door-to-door AIDS awareness campaign, part of a series of prevention efforts that has helped lower the country's HIV infection rate. Mujahid Safodien /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Smooth Sailing Lucky Thompson Quartet 0:30

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Changes in Latitude Various Artists 2:00

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Know who this gymnast is? You will soon. Seventeen-year-old Jordyn Wieber will compete for the U.S. women's gymnastics team in the 2012 London Olympics. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3 Aaron Copland & London Symphony Orchestra 0:55

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