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Africa in pictures: 6-12 March 2015

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

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A man watches the sun set over Johannesburg in South Africa on Tuesday.

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In the Nigerian city of Lagos on Saturday, a man wears sunglasses branded with the logo of the APC, the main opposition vying in elections later in the month…

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On the same day, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd R) leads officials and sports personalities in an exercise regime in the capital, Abuja, at an event to promote physical fitness, that ended with a campaign rally for his re-election.

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Two three-year-olds walk arm in arm in the Zafaye refugee camp, some 15km (10 miles) from Chad's capital, N'Djamena, on Wednesday. They have both been living in the camp for more than a year with others who fled violence in neighbouring Central African Republic.

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On Monday, residents of Mali's capital, Bamako, read newspapers after the deadly weekend attack on a bar-restaurant in the city. It was reported that the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Mourabitoun said it had carried out the raid.

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Malian actors rehearse at a theatre on the outskirts of Paris ahead of their performance of French classic Tete d'Or (Golden Head) by Paul Claudel.

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A dancer from Johannesburg's City Ballet performs in front of an audience of South African school children on Friday.

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The next day, a march is held in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, to protest at the killing of constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac who was shot outside a cafe in the city last week.

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Also on Saturday, workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo sink a borehole using a manual drill at a village to the west of the capital, Kinshasa.

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Dancers take part in a ceremony on the outskirts of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, to mark the burial of the ashes of Ebola victims on Saturday. As part of efforts to halt the spread of the virus, those who died of Ebola had to be cremated, which is not the custom in the West African nation…

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Sixteen drums of ashes were taken for burial from the crematorium, which was brought in at the start of the crisis. Last week, the country's last Ebola patient was discharged from hospital...

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Schools were also closed to stop the spread of Ebola, only re-opening last month. Here a child in Monrovia does her homework on Saturday.

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The next day, herders in Sudan lead cattle through the streets of Omdurman, the capital Khartoum's twin city across the River Nile.

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A man carries a sack of traditionally made charcoal at a depot in Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

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In a village in eastern Uganda on Monday, a woman stirs a mixture that will be made into gin called "waragi". It is made by mixing molasses, sorghum and water, and then distilled using drums over open wood fires.

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An aircraft in South Africa dumps a load of water on Friday on Cape Town's Table Mountain, where fires last week destroyed a huge area of land and some homes...

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Over the weekend two cycle rides were held on the Cape peninsula. On Saturday naked cyclists take to the streets of Cape Town and on Sunday spectators cheer on those riding in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which was shortened to leave out some areas burnt by the fires.

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A model in South Africa taking part in Johannesburg fashion week has her make-up done backstage on Friday…

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And the next day, hats of all shapes and sizes are paraded on the catwalks of the South African city.

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