Africa

Africa in pictures: 20-26 February 2015

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

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South African artists perform during the celebration of the Chinese New Year on Saturday in the main city Johannesburg. South Africa is said to have the largest Chinese population in Africa, with many of them arriving after apartheid ended in 1994...

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The festival was held in the "original" Chinatown in the city centre, where third- and fourth-generation Chinese families started businesses many years ago...

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Four days later, onlookers gather to look at a public transport bus that drove over the side of Johannesburg's Queen Elizabeth bridge. No-one died in the crash and the driver escaped with minor injuries.

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On the same day in Kenya's capital Nairobi, artist Michael Kinuthia, known as Nozzy, puts the final touches of his graffiti art depicting Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara on a minibus. Government efforts to ban graffiti on minibuses have mostly failed.

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In Gabon's capital Libreville on Saturday, local artist Patrick Essono, also known as Pahe, released his new comic book, entitled 5 years already, in reference to the number of years Ali Bongo has been president. He took over from his father, Omar Bongo, who he died in office in 2009.

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Berber women weave traditional carpets in the village of Ait Sghir in the High Atlas region of Morocco, in this photo released on Tuesday. The snowy foothills are home to several Berber villages where the inhabitants make their living by farming, and the making and selling of honey, olive oil and pottery.

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On Monday, a traditional healer cuts a banana tree as part of an exorcism in Meliandou village in southern Guinea. Residents believe the ceremony is vital to remove any curse placed on the village. Ebola was first identified in the village about a year ago, and there are many superstitions around the illness.

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A man wears a mock gas mask as he takes part in a protest on Tuesday in Algeria's capital, Algiers, against the exploitation of shale gas. Algeria's state-owned energy giant Sonatrach plans to invest at least $70bn (£45bn) over the next 20 years to exploit shale gas despite huge public opposition.

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On the other side of the border in Tunisia, people dance on Saturday during the electronic music festival at Ong Jmel, near the town of Nefta. Ong Jmel has become famous after numerous Star Wars scenes were shot there.

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While in Chad's desert area of Mao the next day, a Tunisian soldier takes part in a mock hostage rescue, as part of a US-led military exercise. Several African states, including Nigeria, took part in the exercise. Concern is growing that militant Islamists are gaining ground in Africa.

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While in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, policemen stage a parade during the arrival of Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh. Somalia's security forces are said to be badly trained and Djiboutian troops are part of an African Union force in the East African state battling al-Shabab militants.

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On Thursday in Egypt's Giza city, located on the west bank of the Nile, a child cleans the entrance of a butcher, while meat hangs above him. Egypt has been in an economic political crisis since the overthrow of long-serving ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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While in this photo released a day earlier, a girl climbs out of a granary after cleaning it in preparation for grain storage in Odek village in northern Uganda. Odek is the birthplace of Joseph Kony, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel leader wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes.

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These children rebuild a house in a slum in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, on Saturday. Police and soldiers destroyed homes in the area after the authorities said they were a safety risk. One person was killed a day earlier in clashes between police and residents opposed to the demolitions.

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