Africa

Africa in pictures: 26 September-2 October 2014

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

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Nigeria's police band, including bagpipe players, march during a ceremony to mark the 54th anniversary of independence from the UK on Wednesday…

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… in the capital, Abuja, men sell national flags to those going to an independence day parade.

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The next day, a tailor in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, makes clothes with symbols of the governing party Frelimo, ahead of elections later in the month.

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Also on Thursday, a supporter of Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, holds up a poster welcoming her to Chinhoyi, in Mashonaland West - the home province of her husband President Robert Mugabe. There has been controversy in the country after she was recently awarded a doctorate…

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… she received it not long after being endorsed to lead the women's wing of the governing Zanu-PF party. "This day is important to me… because my political career has started," Mrs Mugabe told the crowds at her maiden rally.

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On Tuesday, the day Zimbabwe formally submitted its bid to host the 2017 Africa Nations Cup, boys play football on the outskirts of the capital, Harare.

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Berlin marathon winner Dennis Kimetto (L) and second-placed Emmanuel Mutai celebrate their weekend success on a tour of the streets of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, the next day. Kimetto set a new world record, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.

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A boy from the nomadic Turkana community carries a rifle on Friday as he herds cows near the north-western Kenyan town of Kibish in an area of land which is claimed by Kenya and South Sudan.

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On the outskirts of Egypt's capital, Cairo, on Monday, a trader shows off his camels to prospective buyers at the Birqash Camel Market ahead of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival which marks God's gift of a ram as a substitute for Abraham's sacrifice of his son.

…. It is known in parts of West Africa as Tabaski and will be celebrated on Saturday. Here a ram is seen for sale on Wednesday at one of many sheep markets in Mali's capital, Bamako.

Ahead of Tabaski, families in Mali save up to buy a ram to sacrifice and share the meat with those less fortunate than themselves. On Wednesday, a man squeezes one he has bought at the market in Bamako's Hippodrome district on to his motorbike.

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On the same day, rams graze below an Ebola information poster at a market in the Ivorian city of Abidjan. Ivory Coast has not had any Ebola cases but borders Guinea and Liberia, some of the countries worst affected by the outbreak.

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Burials have been been halted in Liberia because of the virus, and all bodies have to be cremated. Here a man walks in the Tweh farm cemetery in the capital, Monrovia, on Tuesday. According to the latest figures, about 2,000 Ebola deaths have been recorded in Liberia.

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Relatives of victims and survivors of a migrant shipwreck last October, many of them Eritrean, leave the Vatican on Wednesday at the end of an audience with Pope Francis. On 3 October 2013, the boat from Libya sank within sight of Lampedusa, leaving 368 people dead and just 155 survivors.

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Members of a Zulu male voice choir, known as a isicathamiya group, sort out their costumes ahead of a performance at the Playhouse Opera Theatre on Saturday in Durban…

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... Groups compete to be crowned the isicathamiya champions. It is a style of harmonised singing made popular around the world by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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