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A tourist takes selfies at Independence square in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan military personnel march during the country’s 68th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo
Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil dancers from the northern province perform during Independence Day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday
A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by his mahout, browse through a roadside fruit stall in Colombo. The Sri Lankan elephant is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the population has declined by at least 50 percent over the last three generations, with the species threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.
A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo.The International Monetary Fund said in July 2014 that Sri Lanka was one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, but the island was also vulnerable to sudden external shocks because of high levels of foreign commercial borrowings.
Sri Lankan navy personnel stand to attention in Colombo during a ceremony commissioning two Australian-gifted naval patrol boats that will be deployed for preventing people smuggling operations
Sri Lankan policemen stand next to their new motorcycles at a ceremony in Colombo, marking the official distribution of 279 high-powered units to traffic constables across the country
Children playing with bubbles are silhouetted against the setting sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Muslim woman looks out on the street in Aluthgama town, 50 km south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. At least three Muslims were killed in clashes with a rightwing Buddhist group which allegedly had state backing in southwestern Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Gamini Dissanayake, 36, an army soldier and member of Sri Lanka’s national wheelchair tennis team, trains in Colombo. The team is made up of active members of the armed forces who lost limbs on duty.
Sri Lankan prisoners perform the maiden traditional Kandyan dance at the main jail in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The programme is part of leisure and recreational activities aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. Sri Lanka’s prison facilities run various industries and offers opportunities for arts, education and religious activities for the prisoners.
A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree on a hot day at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
People hang on to a crowded local passenger train as they travel to Colombo
Traditional dancers wait for guests during the Kramaski factory’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Katunayake, about 31 km north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday.
A Tamil girl looks out from her home at a camp for internally displaced people in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, about 400km north of the capital Colombo
A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging from iron hooks pierced into his back for a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday.
Tug boats put on a water display during the launch of the Chinese-built Colombo International Container Terminal in the harbour of Colombo on Monday. Sri Lanka launched its biggest port with Chinese funding to turn Colombo into a strategic shipping hub along the world’s most lucrative trading route.