Africa

Africa in pictures: 13-19 May 2016

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

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Image caption On Tuesday a girl in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, rescues her prized possessions from a building earmarked for demolition in the city's Mathare district. The authorities are pulling down unsafe buildings following a deadly building collapse in April.
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Image caption On Friday, a Berber woman in Morocco takes part in the traditional Miss Rose beauty contest, which is part of the Rose Festival in Kelat, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains...
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Image caption The next day, in a nearby warehouse, a woman sorts through the recently picked buds of Damask roses, a vital ingredient in the making of some cosmetic products.
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Image caption On Tuesday, wheelchair basketball players in South Sudan's capital, Juba, get some practice at their weekly training session. Many of the players were injured during the country's struggle for independence from Sudan.
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Image caption In South Africa on Friday, JP "Tinkerbell" Kruger (left) and Yannick "Black Mamba" Bahati (right) take part in an extreme fighting championship bout on Friday. The combat sport is growing in popularity in South Africa.
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Image caption The next day, in Ivory Coast, a fisherman gets his nets ready before going out to sea. Traditional fishing communities are struggling in the face of competition from larger-scale commercial fishermen.
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Image caption On Wednesday, Somaliland marked 25 years since it declared itself an independent republic with a parade in the capital, Hargeisa. But the country is not internationally recognised.
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Image caption On the same day in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, protesters against the recent 67% increase in the petrol price take to the streets during a strike.
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Image caption Also on Wednesday, religious groups take to the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, to protest against what they see as anti-Christian measures introduced in schools, including taking an oath to the nation, which they say goes against Bible teaching.
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Image caption On Monday, some Egyptian boys try to escape the heat in the capital, Cairo.
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Image caption Two Libyan watermelon sellers try to attract Sunday shoppers in the eastern city of Benghazi.
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Image caption The Kenyan police break up an opposition demonstration at the country's electoral commission on Monday. Complaints of police brutality followed - the police said they were dealing with rioters and looters.

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