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Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country....

Plucked from war-torn Iraq, heavy metal band gets first EP

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The name of the album is "Gilgamesh," the ancient Mesopotamian king with superhuman strength and courage who undertakes a perilous quest to discover the secret of eternal life....

UN says more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by IS, fighting

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, a grim milestone for the war-battered country....
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