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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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The environment is central to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness. The Index measures a myriad of issue including attitudes on conservation, pollution and waste. Preserving 60% of Bhutan's forests is enshrined in the constitution to maintain the country ecological diversity. Julie McCarthy for NPR hide caption

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A Rohingya woman rests for a moment with her children Tuesday after crossing into Bangladesh. She says she lost several members of her family in Myanmar, where a new spate of violence has sent more than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing what they describe as certain death. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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Residents walk through floodwaters in Malda, West Bengal, India, on Thursday. The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, according to news services tracking official tallies. Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Muslim refugees crowd onto a train as they try to flee India near New Delhi in September 1947. Some 15 million people crossed new borders during the violent partition of British-ruled India. At times, mobs targeted and killed passengers traveling in either direction; the trains carrying their corpses became known as "ghost trains." AP hide caption

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Giving Voice To Memories From 1947 Partition And The Birth Of India And Pakistan

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Train journeys in India were once defined by food, brought by passengers from their homes and purchased from vendors like this one. Passengers shared food with each other, exchanging stories and family histories, and sometimes striking new friendships that continued beyond the journey. But with growing availability of packaged food on trains, that culture is slowly dying. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Biryani is a popular South Asian dish made with rice and meat, fish or vegetables. Though it is rarely made with beef, it has recently become the target of some Hindu activists in India who want to protect the holy cow. John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Indian schoolchildren wait in line for food at a government primary school in Hyderabad, India. Consistent access to nutritious food and clean water is key to helping children thrive, researchers say. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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