Africa

Africa in pictures: 3-9 October 2014

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

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A boy in Sao Tome, capital of the Atlantic Ocean archipelago nation of Sao Tome and Principe, sits on a coastal balustrade trying to catch fish on Monday…

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The young fishers take their catch home or sell it in the city. According to the European Photopress Agency, the start of the school year has been postponed until the end of parliamentary and local elections to be held on Sunday 12 October.

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Somali children stroll along the beach in the capital, Mogadishu, holding water pistols on Saturday, when Muslims celebrated the festival of Eid-al-Adha…

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Further south along the coast, soldiers from the African Union force in Somalia prepare to take full control of Barawe, the last port city held by Islamist al-Shabab militants.

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In Abidjan, Ivory Coast's main city, people look down from a roof on Saturday at people attending Eid prayers at a mosque in the Adjame district...

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In Lagos, Nigeria's main city, Saturday's Eid prayers were held in an open field.

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On Wednesday, after an extra month's holiday, pupils in Lagos return for the start of the new academic year after anti-Ebola kits were distributed to schools in the state. Here a teacher checks if they have temperatures...

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Spotting any symptoms early is a key factor in helping halt the spread of Ebola. Eight people have died in Nigeria of the virus, but health authorities in the country say they have successfully contained it. Here a teacher shows students how to effectively clean their hands.

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Volunteers who have been burying Ebola victims gather on Wednesday at an old building in Freetown, where the university was once located, refusing to go back to work. Health officials later promised that their $100 (£62) weekly allowance, which has not been paid in two weeks, would be paid on Friday.

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On the same day, US marines and sailors are seen boarding a plane in Spain to deploy to West Africa as part of international efforts to contain Ebola, which has so far killed more than 4,000 people this year...

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Some US army personnel are already in Liberia - here a US army captain speaks with a Liberian policeman near Monrovia airport on Monday…

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The US soldiers set up the first tents, pictured behind barbed wire here on Wednesday, as part of a 25-bed hospital to aid Liberian health workers infected with Ebola.

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On the same day, a set of six colour lithographs by Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president who died in December aged 95, went on sale in in the UK. The set, 10 of 500, was signed and numbered and sold for £13,500 ($21,670). They show scenes from his 18-year incarceration by the apartheid government on Robben Island.

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In Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on Wednesday, supporters of Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe cheer as she continues her tour of the country addressing political rallies. Recently nominated to head the women's wing of the ruling party, she said that squabbles within the governing party, Zanu-PF, should end.

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Kenyans displaced in violence following the 2007 elections pray at a camp in Naivasha on Wednesday, the day President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, where he was summoned for a hearing after the prosecution said evidence needed to go ahead with his trial was being withheld. He and his deputy deny charges of inciting the crisis in which some 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 fled their homes.

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The next day, Mr Kenyatta (in red tie) arrives back in the capital, Nairobi, to cheering crowds. Deputy President William Ruto (in blue tie) joined him as they drove into the city from the airport. On opposite sides in 2007, the men joined forces to win elections last year...

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At one stage cows interrupted the home-coming celebrations, frightening some presidential security officers as they ran in front of the cavalcade.

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In Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve on Wednesday, a herd of hippos takes a nap in the sun on a bank of Mara river.

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In Mozambique, a child with a toy elephant on her shoulders joins a march in the capital, Maputo, calling for an end to elephant and rhino poaching on Saturday.

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On the same day in a street in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, people start putting up election posters - which generated some heated debate. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 26 October and presidential polls will be held next month.

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And a man in Johannesburg on Thursday walks past a freshly painted mural of South African pop star Brenda Fassie, who died 10 years ago at the age of 39.