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Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, at his home in Baghdad, has been playing his cello at the sites of explosive attacks in Baghdad. Ahmed Qusay for NPR hide caption

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Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, has been playing his cello at the sites of deadly attacks across the capital.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are separated from Islamic State extremists by only short distances in some places around Mosul in northern Iraq, but there has not been heavy fighting recently or any changes in the front lines. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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ISIS Rule In Mosul: Few Come And Go As Extremists Dig In

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Primal posture: Ubong tribesmen in Borneo (right) display the perfect J-shaped spines. A woman in Burkina Faso (left) holds her baby so that his spine stays straight. The center image shows the S-shaped spine drawn in a modern anatomy book (Fig. I) and the J-shaped spine (Fig. II) drawn in the 1897 anatomy book Traite d'Anatomie Humaine. Courtesy of Esther Gokhale and Ian Mackenzie/Nomads of the Dawn hide caption

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Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

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Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, at his home in Baghdad, has been playing his cello at the sites of explosive attacks in Baghdad. Ahmed Qusay for NPR hide caption

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Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush poses with supporters for photos during a fundraiser in May. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Billionaire Or Bust: Who Are Rich Backers Lining Up With?

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