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Africa's top shots: 24 February-2 March 2017

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Ivorian actress Naky Sy Savane on the red carpet at Fespaco, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Sunday 26 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Ivorian actress Naky Sy Savane poses on the red carpet in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, on Sunday for the first screening at Fespaco, Africa's premier film festival…
People cooking food in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Monday 27 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Thousands of visitors flood into Ouagadougou for the celebration of African film - and it's a busy time for caterers, like these chefs pictured on Monday.
Zimbabweans in red berets struggle to carry in a cake for an event to celebrate President Mugabe's birthday at Matopo Research Centre in Matobo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Lavish celebrations were held on Saturday for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday. Here some of his supporters struggle to carry his cake, weighing a symbolic 93kg (205lb) and moulded into the shape of the country…
Two photos of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe in a black cowboy hat - designed on one side with his signature and with Roman numbers MCMXXIV on the other - at Matopo Research Centre in Matobo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright AP/REUTERS
Image caption During the event, Mr Mugabe sports a cowboy hat, with his signature on one side and the year of his birth - 1924 - written in Roman numerals on the other.
A child with a baby on her back sheltering under an umbrella at a refugee settlement in Palorinya in Uganda - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption On the same day, children from South Sudan are pictured at a refugee settlement in Palorinya in Uganda...
South Sudanese refugees queuing for food in Kuluba, Uganda - Friday 24 February 2017 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The day before, refugees queue at a UN hot-meal point in Kuluba. The UN says 1.5 million South Sudanese have taken refuge in Uganda since civil war erupted in December 2013, with 100,00 entering so far this year.
A military veteran holding a sword in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Thursday 2 March 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption An Ethiopian military veteran carries his machete on Thursday at an event in the capital, Addis Ababa, to mark the 121st anniversary of the Battle of Adwa…
Members of Ethiopia's military perform during the 121st celebration of the Battle of Adwa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Thursday 2 March 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Italians were conclusively defeated by Ethiopian troops in fighting near the northern town of Adwa in 1896.
Algerian actor on stage in Algiers, Algeria - Friday 24 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Algerian actors, dressed up as matchsticks, in the capital, Algiers, perform in a play on Friday called Torchaka, by Ahmed Rezzak - a combustible story about love.
Artistes performing at a cultural festival in Bingerville, Ivory Coast - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The next day, artists perform during a cultural festival in Bingerville, a town in south-eastern Ivory Coast…
Women parading in wide-skirted costumes and bucket and feather headdresses at a cultural festival in Bingerville, Ivory Coast - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The Ivoiro-Antillais festival is aimed at building a cultural bridge between Ivory Coast and the Caribbean…
Musicians taking part in the Ivoiro-Antillais festival in Bingerville, Ivory Coast - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Musicians playing traditional instruments are amongst those parading through the streets of the town.
Djiboutian holding placards reading (L-R): "40 years of impunity in Djibouti" and "Free and respect workers" in Paris, France - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Also on Saturday, people from France's Djiboutian community protest in Paris against the planned visit of Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who won a fourth term in office last year.
A model with white face decorations lit up by ultraviolet light during a fashion show in Santiago, Chile - Friday 24 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption On Friday, a model takes part in a show of African fashion in Chile's capital, Santiago, organised by the Association of the African Community in Chile.
People sheltering in the shade of truck carrying a vast quantity of plastic kettles, Maiduguri, Nigeria - 16 February 2017 (published Friday 24 February 2017) Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A family shelters earlier in Feburary under a truck in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri carrying plastic kettles in a photo released on Friday.
South Africa police officers, one pointing a gun, raid a building in Pretoria, South Africa - Friday 24 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption South African police officers raid a building where alleged foreign drug dealers are hiding in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday…
Foreigners, one holding a machete to his neck, protest during an anti-immigrant march in Pretoria, South Africa - Friday 24 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption On the same day, an anti-immigrant march is held in the city. Here foreign residents gesture at the protesters as the police tried to keep the rival groups apart...
A man with a jumper of his month protests in an anti-foreigner march in Pretoria, South Africa - Friday 24 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The South Africans protesting, like this man, blame foreign nationals for taking jobs and accuse migrants of being involved in prostitution rings and drug cartels.
A man riding a horse in a dam in Greyton, South Africa - Saturday 25 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption And on Saturday, a man and his horse swim in a dam in Greyton, in South Africa's south-western Overberg region, by the Sonderend mountain range.

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