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Ranil Wickremesinghe, seen behind the lectern, speaks to his supporters at the prime minister's official residence Sunday in Colombo. His reinstatement as prime minister concludes weeks of political chaos prompted by his firing. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Sri Lankan parliament shout slogans in support of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during a parliament session in Colombo on Wednesday that ousted his successor, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shout in joy Tuesday outside the Supreme Court building in the capital, Colombo. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, waves to supporters Monday in the capital, Colombo. The man he intends replace, Ranil Wickremesinghe, demanded that lawmakers be allowed to end his standoff with the country's president. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sri Lankan military rescuers and villagers stand on the debris of a house that was destroyed in a landslide in the village of Bellana, in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka, on Friday. Mudslides and floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed scores of people in the island nation. Eranga Jayawardena/AP hide caption

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The fishtail palm tree grows all over South Asia. In Sri Lanka, its sap is refined into a syrup that is used as a sweetener in Sri Lankan cuisine. Dinesh Valke/Flickr hide caption

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After losing her daughter during the war, Vijaya cares for her granddaughter Anjali. Despite not being able to afford fresh vegetables, she cooks nourishing sothis or stews made of coconut milk. Palmera hide caption

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Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

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In Peaceful Sri Lanka, Army Holds Thousands Of Acres Seized In Civil War

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Manuel Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

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