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Africa's week in pictures: 28 September - 4 October 2018

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

image captionEthiopia's Oromo people celebrate the thanksgiving festival Irreecha on Sunday. Dressed in traditional clothes, people take fresh grass to Lake Harsadi to thank God for the beginning of spring.
image captionA young couple have chosen the day to get married. The groom says he is happy to have a wedding in front of all the people at the festival.
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image captionAt an opposition rally in Cameroon on Sunday, ahead of presidential elections, a man holds up a sign which says "a call to dismiss the dictator [President Paul Biya]".
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image captionBut President Biya, who has been in power since 1982, has his supporters. On Saturday, in Maroua, northern Cameroon, some of those who back him turn out to show their support.
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image captionElection fever is also building in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where opposition supporters on Saturday hold a rally three months ahead of the December poll.
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image captionUnusual hats are on display on Wednesday in Ethiopia during the Addis Ababa Fashion Week.
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image captionOn Thursday, workers at a factory in Tunisia sort and dry the chillies that will go on to make harissa hot chilli paste.
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image captionThese Ghanaian women in the capital, Accra, look on as the motorcade for US First Lady Melania Trump goes by on Tuesday, the first day of her trip to the continent...
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image captionOn Thursday, Mrs Trump travels to Malawi where she is met by these well wishers, who are seen here getting ready for her arrival.
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image captionChildren in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are entertained by a performance of Tinga Tinga Tales on Friday.
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image captionOn the same day in the South African city of Johannesburg, ballerinas get ready to perform in Tchaikovsky's ballet, the Nutcracker.
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image captionAn elephant mascot entertains the fans at the Africa Cup of Nations indoor football tournament in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan.
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image captionOn Sunday, a huge ivory pyre goes up in flames in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an effort to help stop illegal poaching.

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