Africa

Africa in pictures: 12-18 September 2014

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

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A stall holder selling second-hand shoes looks on as a train moves through a slum area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Thursday.

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The day before in neighbouring South Sudan, a boy carries water from a pump in the United Nations camp in the capital, Juba. Nearly two million people have fled their homes since a dispute within the ruling party turned violent in December.

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In Liberia's capital, Monrovia, a barber shaves the head of a boy, wearing latex gloves as a preventive measure against the deadly Ebola virus on Friday. Liberia is the worst-affected country with 1,459 deaths due to the virus, according to the latest World Health Organization figures...

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On Wednesday, a newspaper vendor in Monrovia shows headlines about US plans to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to try and contain the outbreak…

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Neighbouring Ivory Coast is taking measures to prevent the virus spreading to the country. As the school term began this week, pupils in the main city of Abidjan look at an Ebola prevention poster produced by the United Nations Development Programme on Monday.

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Moroccan long distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj takes part in an athletics day on Sunday organised by the IAAF for children in the village of Douar Ait Iktel, south of Marrakesh, on his 40th birthday…

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In the stadium in Marrakesh on Saturday, Joelle Mbumi Nkouindjin of Cameroon competes in the women's triple jump on the first day of the IAAF Continental Cup.

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On the same day, Gabonese footballer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring for his German team Borussia Dortmund.

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A driver climbs past an image of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace on his bus in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday. Mrs Mugabe is to become head of the ruling party's women's league in December and on Friday her husband presented her with a PhD from the University of Zimbabwe. She carried out a case study on children's homes for her thesis on the changing social structure and functions of the family.

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An opposition protester holds up the constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo locked with a padlock on Saturday during a demonstration near the capital, Kinshasa, against a proposed constitutional amendment which would allow President Joseph Kabila to run for a third term in 2016.

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Mozambique has a two-term limit and Filipe Nyusi, from the country's ruling Frelimo party, is campaigning to become the next president in elections next month when President Armando Guebuza will be standing down. Here he addresses supporters in Catembe on Thursday.

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Fighters in a suburb of Libya's capital, Tripoli, fire an anti-tank cannon mounted on a pick-up truck during clashes with a rival militia on Tuesday.

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Two days earlier in another suburb of the coastal city, an Egyptian worker harvests dates from a palm tree.

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On Wednesday, a woman sells plantain chips in Lagos in the Ikotun-Egbe neighbourhood where popular televangelist TB Joshua has his church. A hostel belonging to his ministry collapsed on Friday, killing at least 80 people.

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On the same day, cheering crowds in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri greet Nigerian soldiers as they drive an armoured vehicle they recaptured from Islamist Boko Haram militants. It had been painted with slogans reading: "There is no god but Allah" and "Allah, Prophet, Muhammad".

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A helicopter takes off on Friday after dropping forensic investigators at the site of where a white rhino was killed for its horn in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

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The next day a mourner reads an order of service for renowned anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa at Durban's City Hall. His remains were returned to South Africa from the US last month. He was awarded a fellowship to study journalism at Harvard University in 1964 and took his own life a year later.

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And in Johannesburg on Wednesday, a dancer from the Joburg Ballet company warms up ahead of full dress rehearsal of the Nutcracker Re-Imagined.

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