18 January 2013
Last updated at 09:36 ET
A couple in the Libyan port city of Benghazi look out over the Mediterranean Sea at ships on the horizon on Sunday.
On Friday, villagers in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains wait for the arrival of food, duvets and mattresses – aid which is being distributed because of the unusually bitter winter.
On the same day, women salt diggers collect top soil in the village of Djegbadji near Ouidah in Benin. Afterwards they will filter water through the soil to draw out salt and later boil the water to collect the salt to sell.
A man in neighbouring Nigeria paddles a canoe through a swamp on Sunday after an oil pipeline explosion caused by people trying to steal fuel. Witnesses said at least three people died in Arepo, which is a village outside Lagos, Reuters news agency reports.
Four days later, soldiers for the West African force being sent to Mali are seen before their departure at a peacekeeping centre in Kaduna in northern Nigeria.
In Bamako, Mali’s capital, young men play football on Tuesday - the fifth day of aerial bombardments by French forces aimed at defeating Islamist rebels in control of the north of the country who had begun a southern advance.
On Sunday, Tunisians are silhouetted on a poster showing the portraits of those who died in the uprising as the country prepared to hold events to mark the revolution's second anniversary.
Traditional chiefs in the Democratic Republic of Congo attend a ceremony in the capital, Kinshasa, for the country’s first leader, Patrice Lumumba, on Thursday - the 42nd anniversary of his assassination.
Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's deputy prime minister, addresses supporters in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday, as he officially launches his campaign for the presidency. His running mate is William Ruto, a former political rival but fellow International Criminal Court indictee.
In Nairobi on Wednesday, activists carry 221 coffins representing Kenya's MPs in protest at the politicians’ decision to award themselves a large bonus, diplomatic passports, bodyguards for life and state funerals.
On Saturday, people in the main market in Togo’s capital, Lome, use a fire hose to tear out a window to gain access to a section of the building. Togolese fire fighters were assisted by Ghana’s fire department in battling the blaze on Friday.
Three days later, recruits at Mogadishu’s new fire department take part in training exercises in the Somali capital organised by the African Union force in the city.
Two South Africa policemen take cover behind a wall from stones being thrown by protestors during a strike by farm workers in Villiersdorp, a small farming town north of Cape Town, on Monday.
The next day, miners walk and talk at the end of their shift at the Anglo American Platinum’s Khuseleka mine in Rustenburg, as the world’s top platinum producer said it planned to cut 14,000 jobs and shut four shafts in South Africa.
Football fans reach out to greet Ivorian football star Didier Drogba as he arrives at the airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday for the Africa Cup of Nations, kicking off this weekend.