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In 1991, Sukhbaatar Amarmandakh, known as Amraa, started the country's first techno rap band, Har Sarnai, or Black Rose. Shown here in Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital, Amraa incorporates Mongolian musical traditions into his hip-hop songs. Ariana Lindquist for NPR hide caption

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Mongolia In Transition

A New Beat Gives Young Mongolia A Voice, Identity

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A man passes out on a bar in Ulan Bator, Mongolia's capital. A World Health Organization report says that widespread alcoholism may be Mongolia's largest stumbling block to economic and social progress. Ariana Lindquist for NPR hide caption

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Widespread Alcohol Abuse Clouds Mongolia's Future

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Ashur Mohammed, 60, checks his land in Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, on July 9. Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers — something the Iraqis have blamed on dams in neighboring Turkey and Syria — have left Iraq bone-dry for a second straight year. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Drought Withers Iraqi Farms, Food Supplies

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