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Parkour Flourishes Amid the Tensions of Kirkuk

The Iraqi city of Kirkuk may be under tight security in the wake of Islamic State bombing earlier this year, but its youth refuse to let that get in the way of embracing the free-spirited fun of parkour. A growing numbers of children and teenagers are flocking to a local youth center here to learn the basics of parkour, or freerunning, a French-born pastime that mixes gymnastics with urban exploration. Even children of refugees who are being hosted in Kirkuk are getting into the...

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