Africa

Africa in pictures: 19-25 September 2014

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

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A girl cries during a ceremony held on Sunday in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to mark the first anniversary of the killing of more than 60 people in an assault by militant Islamist group al-Shabab on the city's upmarket Westgate shopping centre.

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On the same day, Senegalese-American hip-hop star Akon performs in a giant balloon at a peace concert in Goma, the main city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been ravaged by decades of conflict. Akon has been involved in various initiatives to promote peace in Africa.

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While this man entertains a crowd by practising a flip in Tunisia's capital, Tunis.

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While on Sunday, Tanzanian porters and guides stand on a rock halfway up Mount Kilimanjaro at sunset, trying to get a mobile phone signal to call their wives. Two teams are taking part in a gruelling eight-day trek up the vast extinct volcano, to play cricket.

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Two days later, a South African man climbs into a modified Mini Cooper during the 2014 Kalahari Desert Speedweek. Motorsport enthusiasts gather in the desert in the north of the country to drive their vehicles across seven kilometres (4.3 miles) of specially prepared clay track.

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On Friday, a fisherman from the Dassanach ethnic group squats on floating reeds at a fishing camp along Kenya's Lake Turkana. The Dassanach have historically clashed with the Turkana community over precious resources, such as fishing, pasture and fresh water...

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Five days later, a Turkana man shows a part of a Nile Perch being dried at a fishing camp on the western shore of Lake Turkana, near the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

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On the same day in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, children dressed in traditional clothing enjoy Heritage Day, a national holiday. Heritage Day celebrates South cultural diversity. It was declared a public holiday after apartheid ended in 1994.

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Four days earlier, an Egyptian farmer uses a donkey to pull a piece of wood weighed down by two of his children as he prepares his field for planting in Menoufia, north of Cairo...

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While on Monday, a school official in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in an attempt to identify whether he might be infected with Ebola. The virus has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa since it was identified in Guinea in March.

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