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Sri Lankan military personnel march during an Independence Day parade rehearsal in Colombo. Sri Lanka is preparing to mark the 68th anniversary of independence from Britain on Thursday
A Chinese honour guard (second right) on Tuesday uses a string to make sure guards stand in line outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing ahead of the arrival of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lankan army commandos march during a Victory Day parade rehearsal in Colombo on Friday. Sri Lanka celebrates War Heroes month with a military parade scheduled on Saturday. The parade celebrates the fourth anniversary of the military defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, ending a 37-year long separatist conflict.