On edges of battle, Iraqis laugh, play, live a new normal

They face parallel realities: Violence by day, shopping, movies by night

Posted: July 20, 2014 at 3:37 a.m.

BAGHDAD -- A sniper crouched next to a pile of sandbags, taking aim at anything that moved. Return fire came in bursts, from behind a palm tree.

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7 slain in bus attack on Kenyan coast

A Kenyan police officer with civilians watch the Taheed Bus at the Lamu Police Station, Saturday, July 19, 2014. The Kenya Red Cross says seven people have been killed after gunmen attacked a bus along the Kenyan coast where previous attacks had left 87 people dead. The humanitarian group said Saturday the attack Friday night came at Corner Mbaya, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the coastal town of Witu. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo)

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Tunnels razed as Gaza death toll climbs to 34...

Palestinian relatives mourn for Qasim Alwan, 4, and Imad Alwan, 6, who were killed Friday by an Israeli tank shell, during their funeral in Gaza City, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Relatives say the tank shell kit the Alwan family's kitchen, killing Qasim and Imad. Rizk Hayek, 1, who lived nearby, was killed by shrapnel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli bulldozers demolished more than a dozen tunnels Saturday in the Gaza Strip, a... Read »