Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by hi...A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by his mahout, browse through a roadside fruit stall in Colombo on January 19, 2015. 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. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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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 mudslide survivor child rests in a makeshift cradle at a relief camp in Punagala, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Disaster officials estimate that about 100 people were killed Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district and warned of more landslides at the area. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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A Sri Lankan mudslide survivor child rests in a makeshift cradle at a relief camp in Punagala, Sri Lanka. Disaster officials estimate that about 100 people were killed Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district and warned of more landslides at the area. 

A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at t...A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo on October 27, 2014. The International Monetary Fund said 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. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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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 atten...Sri Lankan navy personnel stand to attention in Colombo July 9, 2014 during a ceremony commissioning two Australian-gifted naval patrol boats that will be deployed for preventing people smuggling operations. Morrison arrived in Colombo early on July 9 as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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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...Sri Lankan policemen stand next to their new motorcycles at a ceremony in Colombo on July 1, 2014 marking the official distribution of 279 high-powered units to traffic constables across the country.  The 600cc Yamaha bikes were deployed to bolster traffic police in a country where over 2,500 people are killed annually in road accidents, making Sri Lankan roads among the worlds deadliest.

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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

Sri Lankan children playing with soap bubbles are silhouetted against the setting Sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

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Children playing with bubbles are silhouetted against the setting sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan muslims, made homeless after two days of anti-muslim riots in Sri Lankas tourist region of Alutgama, demonstrate against radical Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)at a makeshift camp in Beruwala, about 58 kms south of capital Colombo on June 18, 2014.  The Buddhist Force, or BBS, is widely accused of leading the violence. The main Muslim party in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), demanded a UN probe into one of the worst religious riots as President Mahinda Rajapakse toured the violence-hit resort region.

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Sri Lankan Muslims, made homeless after two days of anti-Muslim riots in the tourist region of Alutgama, protest against the radical Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena at a makeshift camp in Beruwala, about 58 km south of the capital Colombo on Wednesday

A Sri Lankan Muslim woman looks out on the street, in Aluthgama, town, 50 kilometers (31.25 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 16, 2014. At least three Muslims were killed after a right-wing Buddhist group with alleged state backing clashed with Muslims in southwestern Sri Lanka, a government minister said Monday. Dozens of shops were burned, homes looted and some mosques attacked in the violence Sunday night in the town of Aluthgama, local residents said.

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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.

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Sri Lankans read a memorial for those killed in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers to mark National War Heroes Day in Colombo

Gamini Dissanayake, 36, an army soldier and member of Sri Lanka's wheelchair tennis national team serves during a practice session in Colombo May 6, 2014. The Sri Lankan national wheelchair team is made up of active armed forces members who lost their limbs during active duty.

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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 their maiden traditional Kandyan dance at the main jail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The program is part of leisure and recreational programs for prisoners aimed at rehabilitating them. Sri Lankaís prison facilities run various industries and offers opportunities for arts, education and religious activities for the prisoners. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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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...A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree, on a hot day, at a Hindu temple in Colombo March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANIMALS)

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A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree on a hot day at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka

People hang onto a crowded local passenger train as they travel to Colombo.

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People hang on to a crowded local passenger train as they travel to Colombo

Sri Lankan mothers from the "Dead and Mi...Sri Lankan mothers from the "Dead and Missing Person's Parents" organisation hold photographs as they takes part in a protest in Jaffna, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo on November 15, 2013. British Prime Minister David Cameron is flying to Jaffna, which bore the main brunt of the fighting, to meet victims of a war which raged for 37 years.  AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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Mothers from Sri Lanka’s Dead and Missing Persons Parents organisation hold photographs of loved ones as they take part in a protest in Jaffna, about 400 km north of Colombo. UK Prime Minister David Cameron is flying to Jaffna, which bore the brunt of the fighting, to meet victims of the civil war which raged for decades. 

A man cleans the secondhand spare part of a vehicle at a shop in Colombo's Panchikawatte Road October 23, 2013. The area is frequented by the middle class and is known for shops that stock on Japanese and European secondhand vehicle spare parts. The spare parts are sold for between 500 to 100,000 Sri Lankan Rupees ($3.80 to $765), and vendors say business has been brisk as brand new parts are expensive to purchase.

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A man cleans a spare part at a shop in Colombo’s Panchikawatte Road on Wednesday. The area is frequented by the middle class and is known for shops that stock second-hand spare parts for Japanese and European cars.

Traditional dancers wait for guests during the Kramaski factory's 20th anniversary celebrations in Katunayake...Traditional dancers wait for guests during the Kramaski factory's 20th anniversary celebrations in Katunayake, about 31 km (19 miles) north of Colombo September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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. 

Sri Lankan Tamil woman look on during a wedding the northern Sri Lanan town of Kilinochchi, at a ceremony arranged by the para-military Civil Defence Force which employs the couples getting married. Security forces have been showcasing the hiring of former Tamil rebels as part of reconciliation ahead of key local council elections scheduled to take place on the weekend.

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Sri Lankan Tamil women look on during a wedding in the northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi, at a ceremony arranged by the paramilitary Civil Defence Force, which employs the couples getting married. Security forces have been showcasing the hiring of former Tamil rebels as part of reconciliation ahead of key local council elections scheduled to take place at the weekend

Former LTTE female rebel fighters and brides look on as an ethnic Tamil gets ready before the start of a mass wedding in Kilinochchi...Former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) female rebel fighters and brides Nadarasa Sukirtha (L) and Premarathnam Sugandhini (C) look on as Jayarasa Merry Babila, an ethnic Tamil, gets ready before the start of a mass wedding in Kilinochchi, about 334 km (208 miles) northeast of Colombo, September 18, 2013. Three ex-rebel couples who have been rehabilitated by the Sri Lankan Civil Defence Force were married in a mass wedding ceremony as part of the government's rehabilitation program. Sri Lanka's government troops defeated the LTTE after a 25-year civil struggle on May 19, 2009. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte )

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Former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) female rebel fighters and brides Nadarasa Sukirtha, left, and Premarathnam Sugandhini, centre, look on as Jayarasa Merry Babila, an ethnic Tamil, gets ready before the start of a mass wedding in Kilinochchi, about 334km north east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Three ex-rebel couples who have been rehabilitated by the Sri Lankan Civil Defence Force were married in a mass wedding ceremony as part of the government’s rehabilitation programme 

An internally displaced Tamil girl looks out from her home at Konappulam Internally Displaced Persons camp in Jaffna, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo August 26, 2013. Sri Lanka battled separatist guerrillas from the minority Tamil community from 1983 until finally defeating them in 2009. The country has come under international pressure to bring to book those accused of war crimes and boost efforts to reconcile a polarised country.

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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 Sri Lankan opposition supporter wears a defaced mask of president Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest in Colombo.

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An opposition supporter wearing a mask of President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka