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Africa's top shots: 12-18 August 2016

A selection of photos from Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week:

Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi competing in the men's 3,000m steeplechase final in Rio, Brazil - Wednesday 17 August 2016 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi flies high during the men's 3,000m steeplechase final in Rio on Wednesday. He took bronze but was later disqualified for stepping off the track...
Egypt's Hedaya Wahba celebrating after winning a taekwondo medal in Rio, Brazil - Thursday 18 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption The next day, Egypt's Hedaya Wahba celebrates becoming her country's second-ever female Olympic medallist, securing bronze in taekwondo...
At the Olympics in Rio, Cameroon's Bodo Essissima Madeleine Samantha celebrates during a women's preliminary volleyball match. Image copyright AP
Image caption On day seven of the Games, Cameroon's Bodo Essissima Madeleine Samantha celebrates winning a point in a volleyball match against Argentina. Neither team made it past the preliminary rounds...
Close-up of the hands of Beninois Olympic athlete Noelie Yarigo - Thursday 18 August 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Benin's best-performing Olympic athlete has been Noelie Yarigo - seen here competing in the women's 800m semi-final on Thursday. She did not make it to the final, coming fifth.
Gold diggers work near Bore village near Dimbokro in central Ivory Coast - Monday 15 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption It was not only athletes looking for gold this week. Here miners use metal detectors on Monday in their search in a forested area in central Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast's reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly performs in Tunis, Tunisia - Tuesday 16 August 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The next day, Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly performs during a musical festival in Tunisia's capital, Tunis.
Supporters of Zambia's President-elect Edgar Lungu celebrate in Lusaka, Zambia - Monday 15 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption After a closely fought election, supporters of Zambia's President-elect Edgar Lungu - and their dog - dress up to celebrate his victory on Monday.
Handcuffed men eating food in the courtyard of a magistrate's court in Nsanje, Malawi - Monday 15 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day in neighbouring Malawi, handcuffed men eat during a break at their trial in Nsanje. They include Eric Aniva (R), a sex worker known in Malawi as a "hyena", accused having sex with children as part of initiation rites.
A woman looking out from Cairo Tower, Egypt - Wednesday 17 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption A woman looks out of over the Egyptian capital from an observation deck of the Cairo Tower on Wednesday evening.
From a serene night to clashes in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare where police disperse protestors during a demo against bond notes but one woman stands her ground. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day a photographer looks down on clashes in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, where police disperse people protesting against the introduction of bond notes as a cash substitute.
A South African mine worker in Marikana - Tuesday 16 August 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption A mine worker in South Africa stands on a hill on Tuesday waiting for a commemoration to get under way on the fourth anniversary of the shooting by police of striking workers in Marikana...
South African miners in Marikana dance, sing and wave sticks - Tuesday 16 August 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption It was the most deadly action by security forces since apartheid ended in 1994. Here miners dance and sing to remember their 34 colleagues.

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