12 October 2012
Last updated at 19:04
A woman taking part in protests calling for the resignation of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe looks on after being tear gassed by police in the capital, Lome, on Friday. She covered her face in chalk power to protect her skin from the gas.
On Thursday, a man in the Somali town of Wanla Weyn - which Africa Union and government troops recently captured from Islamist militants - paints over a sign commemorating Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, one of the leaders of an East African al-Qaeda cell who was killed in a US air raid on Somalia in 2009.
Earlier in the week, on Sunday, a Somali fighter with the pro-government Ras Kamboni brigade has his hair cut in the southern port of Kismayo, another town recently captured from the al-Qaeda-aligned group.
Ugandan jets fly past a military parade in the capital, Kampala, on Tuesday - the 50th anniversary of the East African nation’s independence from the UK.
The day before, the coffin of Algeria’s former President Chadli Bendjedid is carried on a military gun carriage during a funeral procession in the capital, Algiers.
Officers from Argentina's flagship, Libertad, stand in the dock at the port of Tema, east of Ghana’s capital, Accra, on Thursday. That day, a Ghanaian judge refused to free the ship, detained at the request of what Argentine officials say is a "vulture fund" suing Buenos Aires for defaulting on its 2002 loans.
Also on Thursday, an Egyptian fisherman in the Libyan port of Benghazi, on the Mediterranean, prepares his fishing nets.
That morning, fishermen get ready to go to sea in the Senegalese port of Soumdedioune. This week an Environmental Justice Foundation report said West Africa had the world's highest levels of illegal fishing - with pirate vessels exporting their catches to Europe.
In Senegal's capital, Dakar, on Saturday, a man and his ram wait for judges to announce the winners of a regional heat for the televised Khar Bii sheep competition. The show is an American Idol-style nationwide search for West African nation's most perfect sheep, AP news agency reports.
A girl in the Nigerian city of Lagos hawks soft drinks at a bus park on Thursday, the first UN-designated international day of the girl child. The day is intended to recognise girls’ rights and the challenges and discrimination they face.
On the same day, several thousand people march in Mali's capital, Bamako, demanding a rapid military intervention in the north of the country by the regional bloc Ecowas. Their placards criticised the Islamist forces who took over northern Mali after a military coup earlier this year.
A seven-year-old South Sudanese amputee plays with a tennis ball at the Rehabilitation Centre of Juba on Wednesday. He lost his leg aged four after a mine he was playing with blew up, killing his mother.
On Monday in neighbouring Sudan, a woman prepares an injection in East Darfur for the vaccination campaign against meningitis hoping to target 16.9 million children and adults across the country.
Wild flowers near Darling on the outskirts of Cape Town in South Africa are photographed on Wednesday. Thousands of tourists visit the West Coast region every year to see them in bloom.
The next day, musician M'bilia Bel, known as the queen of Congolese rumba, performs during a concert at the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is hosting this weekend’s Francophonie summit – a meeting of French-speaking leaders.
A selection of photographs from a community in southern Senegal where members of the Mouride Islamic sect combine Islam and traditional beliefs.
Reptiles rescued by the RSPCA centre in Brighton
Drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California
Photographer Timothy Allen climbs high into the Peruvian Andes for Qoyllur Rit'i - the Snow Star Festival.
Who won? The official poster for the 2015 festival
Party time at the 60th song contest in Vienna
Rare access - an Indian high court at work
Ben Weller has been taking pictures of South Korea's markets
Readers' images on the theme of looking in
From around the world - 16-22 May