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Marjan practices at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Rachel Corner/De Beeldunie hide caption

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All-Female Orchestra From Afghanistan Is A Force For Change

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Bilal Askaryar's parents were engaged in Kabul in 1984. The family fled Afghanistan in 1990, when Askaryar was five, and they were granted asylum in the United States. Courtesy of Bilal Askaryar hide caption

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One of the 8,400 remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan guards the bay of a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter as it flies near Kabul. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

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Clockwise from upper left: Dr. Forster Amponsah; a Malick Sidbe photo taken in Mali; a global garden of radio; Chewa the TB-sniffing rat; another Sidbe photo; Olympic medalist Fu Yuanhui of China; the New Mexico cave where a superhero bacterium lived; poverty fighter Sir Fazle Hasan Abed; calligrapher Sughra Hussainy; activist Loyce Maturu. Jason Beaubien/NPR, Courtesy of Malick Sidibe and Jack Shainman Gallery, Katherine Streeter for NPR, Maarten Boersema/APOPO, Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images, Courtesy of Max Wisshak, Courtesy of BRAC, Ben de la Cruz and Toya Sarno Jordan/NPR hide caption

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A soldier fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system during weapons practice in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Heavy weapons like these generate a shock wave that may cause brain injuries. Sgt. Benjamin Tuck/CJSOTF-A/DVIDS hide caption

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Pentagon Shelves Blast Gauges Meant To Detect Battlefield Brain Injuries

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Lionel Messi's biggest fan, 6-year-old Murtaza Ahmady, met the soccer superstar Tuesday, months after wearing a homemade shirt mimicking the Argentine's jersey. They're seen here in Doha, Qatar, in a meeting arranged by the organizing committee of the 2022 World Cup. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, SC via AP hide caption

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Charlotte, N.C., on July 26. Trump has no military experience, but will become commander in chief at a time when the U.S. is bombing targets in four separate wars. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Afghan refugee Sharbat Gula (center) will get free medical care in India. She seen here arriving with her son at the Presidential Palace in Kabul before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wednesday. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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