Africa's top shots: 17-23 February 2017

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

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image captionA traditional praise singer chants from the public gallery in South Africa's parliament ahead of the finance minister's presentation of the budget on Wednesday…
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image captionThe day before, members of South Africa's National Ceremonial Guard take part in the annual National Defense Force Parade in Durban...
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image captionAs part of the parade, South African special forces soldiers perform an air stunt, hanging from a helicopter with weapons drawn.
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image captionUnconnected to the military parade, a professional windsurfer performs a loop while riding south-easterly winds in the South African city of Cape Town on Tuesday.
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image captionBagpipes are part of the festivities on Saturday for the inauguration of Adama Barrow (C) as The Gambia's new president in a packed stadium in the capital, Banjul...
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image captionTwo days later, a man in the Gambian town of Bakau takes aim as he begins a game of pool.
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image captionAlso pictured on Monday, these children in the Ivorian city of Abidjan muck about by a mural tribute to Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba, who died while performing in the city last year.
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image captionA Nigerian vegetable seller in Lagos uses a home-made lantern on Monday as a work-around in a country where electricity remains a luxury for many...
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image captionAnother vendor at the same marketplace at least has an electric lantern so her customers can see her onions and plantains.
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image captionThe top tier of a cake baked for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday is decorated with his portrait by his office staff on Tuesday.
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image captionAfrican migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, rest aboard a Spanish vessel after being rescued from a boat off the Libyan coast early on Thursday morning.
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image captionOnlookers in the Egyptian city of Mansoura on Wednesday watch the funeral of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who died in a US federal prison over the weekend...
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image captionThe blind cleric, who preached at mosques in New York, was the mastermind of numerous bomb plots in the city in the early 1990s and was serving a life sentence.
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image captionA worker in Algiers removes national and German flags after the last-minute cancellation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Algeria on Monday.
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image captionAnd Somali-American model Halima Aden brings a new look to the catwalk in the Italian city of Milan on Thursday. The hijab-wearing 19-year-old made her haute couture debut in Kanye West's New York show last week.

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