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. 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.
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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 attention in Colombo during a ceremony commissioning two Australian-gifted naval patrol boats that will be deployed for preventing people smuggling operations
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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
Children playing with bubbles are silhouetted against the setting sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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 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 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
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 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, about 31 km north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday.
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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 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
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
An opposition supporter wearing a mask of President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka