Africa

Africa in pictures: 17-23 October 2014

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

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A fisherman walks past his caught in Port Bouet, a coastal community just east of Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan on Thursday…

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The authorities have recently evicted those who had built houses by the beach in Port Bouet as part of a coastal clean-up operation. Here a man prays on Thursday before a statue of the Virgin Mary saved from the debris.

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A bride and groom wearing traditional Eritrean dress arrive for their wedding at a Christian Orthodox church in Jerusalem in Israel on Saturday. The UN estimates that as many as 3,000 people try to leave Eritrea every month.

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On Tuesday, relatives and friends carry the coffin of a woman killed during an attack by suspected Ugandan ADF-Nalu rebels on the village of Mbau near Beni in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 20 people were hacked and clubbed to death.

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A Liberian army officer briefs people on Saturday about an Ebola treatment unit to be built in their village.

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A golfer hits a tee shot on Thursday as African migrants climb over a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

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In South Africa on Tuesday, someone attending the sentencing hearing of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria is seen talking on his phone which has a sticker of Reeva Steenkamp…

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…. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend. He says he shot Ms Steenkamp by mistake on Valentine's Day last year, fearing there was an intruder in the house. Here the police van leaves to take up him to Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison.

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On Sunday, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace receive communion in the Vatican City during the mass held at the closing of a Catholic Church synod held by Pope Francis.

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Queen Elizabeth II talks to Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama and his wife during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday. Mr Mahama presented the British monarch with a copy of his book My First Coup D'Etat, his account of growing up in Ghana.

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A fighter of the Libya Dawn militia group fires his gun during clashes in the hill village of Kikla, south-west of the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday. This week marks three years since regime of the late Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

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On Saturday, police officers in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, stand guard as supporters of Marc Ravalomanana, the former president, demonstrate in the city centre. They were angered that he was placed under house arrest on his return from exile last week…

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… the police fired teargas to disperse them and arrested some people, including a former member of parliament Feno Ranaivo - seen here on the right.

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Cameroonian boxer Carlos Takam poses during the official weigh-in in Moscow on Thursday, a day before his clash with Russian rival Alexander Povetkin.

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A backup singer for Femi Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, dances inside a cage during "Felabration" in the Nigerian city of Lagos in the early hours of Monday...

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It is an annual event in which Femi Kuti (above) pays homage to his father at the New Afrika Shrine nightclub.

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A Kenyan painted in the colours of the national flag uses his mobile phone as he leaves after celebrations held at a stadium in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday…

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Mashujaa Day is a national holiday commemorating those who took part in the country's struggle for liberation. Here some students perform a traditional Maasai warrior song.

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A woman in Botswana shows her loyalty to the Umbrella for Democratic Change, a coalition of opposition parties, on Sunday when some final election campaign rallies were held in the capital, Gaborone…

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Two days earlier, President Ian Khama rides a bicycle while campaigning in the Naledi district of Gaborone. His Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is facing strong competition from two parties but is still expected to win a parliamentary majority.