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A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption Somali women sing in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday in celebration of Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed’s election as president….
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption MPs voted for him under tight security at an aircraft hangar in the city the day before… here Mogadishu residents hitch a ride on a police car to celebrate.
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions became the African football champions on Sunday. These passionate fans were actually pictured before the match against Egypt at the stadium in Gabon’s capital, Libreville…
Image copyright AFP Image caption Malian singer Rokia Traore was one of several West African stars to perform at the closing ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations the day before.
Image copyright AP Image caption On the same day in the South African city of Johannesburg, a groundsman sprays bees with a fire extinguisher after they swarmed on to a cricket pitch, delaying a match between South Africa and Sri Lanka – which may have unnerved the visitors as the Proteas went on to win.
Image copyright EPA Image caption A worker sorts through kola nuts in the Ivorian city of Anyama on Tuesday. Ivory Coast is the world’s second-largest kola nut producer. Rich in caffeine, the bitter-tasting nut is chewed throughout West Africa.
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption A “one-man riot squad” tricyclist in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, makes his way to a rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday – the day the president asked parliament to extend his medical leave in the UK.
Image copyright AP Image caption The next day, Kenya’s Sabrina Simader speeds down a slope at the Alpine Ski World Championships in the Swiss resort of St Moritz.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Also on Tuesday, a girl in the Kenyan slum of Kibera looks after a shoe stall as students walk past along a nearby railway track.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Girls sit in a classroom at a camp for those who have fled their homes during the conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur on Wednesday…
Image copyright AFP Image caption On the same day, Pope Francis holds up an icon of Sudanese saint Josephine Bakhita in the Vatican to mark her feast day and remember victims of human trafficking. Bakhita was born in Darfur in about 1869 and abducted by slave traders as a child. She later became a nun in Italy working there for more than 40 years.
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption Also on Wednesday, a guard of honour salutes Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi as he met Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Two days earlier, Tunisian Republican Guard members prepare to perform at an event in the capital, Tunis, to mark the fourth anniversary of the assassination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid.
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma looks like he knows what’s ahead of him as arrives to a guard of honour ahead of his state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday…
Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers were deployed for the event… here military spotters look out from the top of parliament buildings in Cape Town…
Image copyright EPA Image caption The ceremonial opening of South Africa’s parliament is a time for those attending to dress up…
Image copyright AFP Image caption Inside, a brawl broke out as Mr Zuma tried to speak… outside police scuffled with the crowds, firing several stun grenades to keep rival party supporters apart.
Image copyright EPA Image caption The president might have preferred to be with these paddlers, training on Thursday morning near Johannesburg for the Dusi Canoe Marathon – the continent’s biggest canoeing race, which begins next week.
Image copyright SAMMY AWAMI/BBC Image caption And if you’re in Zanzibar over the weekend, you can look forward to the Sauti za Busara festival, where artists from across Africa will be performing in Stone Town – some seen tottering on stilts here on Thursday.