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Africa in pictures: 4-11 December 2014

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

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A woman shows her political allegiance at the national congress of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party in the capital, Harare, on Saturday. More than 10,000 delegates re-elected President Robert Mugabe, 90, as party leader while his wife Grace was chosen to head the women's wing.

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Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan's image is printed on the clothes of delegates at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary elections at Eagle Square in the capital, Abuja, on Wednesday. Mr Jonathan, 57, was endorsed as the party's candidate in next year's presidential election...

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The next day, a woman kisses a photo of ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in the main city, Lagos. Mr Buhari has been chosen as the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Jonathan beat the 71-year-old former general in the 2011 election.

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On Friday, models present creations by Zimbabwean designer Sabina Mutsvati at the Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam. Twenty-four designers showcased their work at the event.

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A supporter of Moroccan football champions Moghreb Tetouan is disappointed on Wednesday after his team's defeat at the hands of Auckland City in a match played in Rabat, as part of the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup. The Oceania club champions won 4-3 on penalties.

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Girls from the Pokot ethnic group take part in an initiation ceremony in Kenya's Rift Valley on Saturday to mark their passage into womanhood. The girls sing and stay standing from the afternoon until the morning and remain out of the sight of men.

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A member of the Egyptian parkour group, EGY PK, practises a jump in front of the Pyramid of Khufu, the largest of the Great Pyramids of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo on Tuesday. EGY PK, one of the first parkour groups in Egypt, is training for performances, aimed at tourists, during the Christmas season...

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A day later, an ostrich is fed at the Giza zoo in Cairo. Khedive Ismail, Egypt's ruler from 1863-1879, built the zoo and planned the opening to coincide with the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 but missed the deadline. The zoo officially opened only in 1891, covering an area of 80 acres.

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A view over the village of Portela being covered by a lava flow on the Cape Verde island of Fogo on Sunday. Hundreds of residents were evacuated from the village as the volcano erupted on the island for the first time in 19 years.

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And in this photo people are seen crossing the Dawa river near Kenya's north-eastern town of Mandera. Militant Islamist group al-Shabab recently killed 64 people in two attacks in the region, forcing many non-Muslims to flee.

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