Africa

Africa in pictures: 29 August - 04 September 2014

A selection of photographs from around the African continent this week:

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Men from Botswana's Balete ethnic group take part in an initiation ceremony on Saturday in Ramotswa village, about 30km (19 miles) south-west of the capital, Gaborone. About 220 men took part in the biannual ceremony...

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Upon graduation, the men are divided into regiments in order to curb crime and promote development in their villages.

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This Israeli man is blowing a shofar, made from the horn of a Namibian antelope, at a shofar factory in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The shofar is usually blown on the Rosh Hashanah holiday, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

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Dancers perform during the opening performance of Les Nuits (The Nights) at a theatre in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. Les Nuits is a production by renowned French ballet company Ballet Prelocaj and was performed to a packed house.

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Artists walk through Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, on Thursday, to raise public awareness about Ebola. Ivory Coast has banned flights from West African states hit by Ebola to prevent the spread of the virus. It has killed about 1,900 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Young girls get ready to perform at the annual reed dance at the royal palace in Lobamba, Swaziland, on Monday. The ceremony is held to pay homage to the Queen Mother, Ntfombi Tfwala. Princesses also participate in the ceremony and are distinguished by the crown of red feathers in their hair.

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On the same day in Maseru, the capital of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, a man walks pass a stall selling hats...

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The next day, two men enjoy the early morning sun in a village near Maseru. Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa on Saturday, claiming the military had staged a coup. He returned on Thursday after regional leaders brokered a deal to ease tensions.

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Egyptians relax during sunset at a beach in the second city, Alexandria. Egypt is a popular tourist destination, but many foreigners are staying away because of the instability that has hit the country since the 2011 uprising by pro-democracy activists.

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In the South African city of Cape Town on Tuesday, spring flowers bloom as paragliders take to the skies of the iconic Table Mountain. It is a flat-topped mountain and a prominent landmark overlooking the city.

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In this photo released on Monday, rangers get ready for night patrol in Kenya's Old Jogi rhino sanctuary, about 300km (190 miles) north of the capital, Nairobi. The patrols are aimed at curbing poaching. So far this year, Kenya has lost 26 rhinos and 111 elephants to poachers, environmentalists say.

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Two tailors in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, show their hands in this photo, released on Saturday. Their work has been simplified by the sheets of fashion catalogues from West African countries which hang on their walls for clients to easily choose a design.

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A girl carries a blanket on Monday at camp for people fleeing violence in north-eastern Nigeria. Islamist group Boko Haram has captured a string of towns in the region in recent months, as it campaigns to establish a caliphate in Nigeria.

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Hollywood star Tom Cruise's new film, Mission Impossible 5, was being filmed in Morocco's capital, Rabat, on Saturday. The action spy film is due to be released in December.