23 May 2014
Last updated at 12:02
Stars from across the world have been attending the Cannes Film Festival, including Beninois actor Djimon Hounsou, who voices a character in the animated film How To Train Your Dragon 2, posing here for photographers on Friday…
On the same day, Senegalese director Moussa Toure (L), who is on one of the festival’s juries, arrives with his son and a guest for a screening in the southern French town. On Monday, one of the subjects of a documentary showing at Cannes on cartoonists and democracy, Tunisia’s Nadia Khiari - known by her penname Willis, calls for the release in Tunisia of cartoonist Jabeur Mejri and blogger Azyz Amami.
On the Tunisian island of Djerba on Saturday, a trader stands at the entrance of his carpet shop as Jews arrive for the annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue...
The next day, a man works in a 500-year-old pottery workshop on Djerba as a baby camel rests outside...
For centuries, Djerba has been a focal point for Jews in Tunisia and the Arab world. Here worshippers light candles in the synagogue on Friday. According to tradition, the first synagogue on the site was built with a stone or gate brought from King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem after it was destroyed in 586 BC.
Traditional hunters in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno have been gathering at a camp in the main city of Maiduguri to help with the search for the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls. On Wednesday, one of them shows off the powers of his charms by holding some flaming sticks towards his neck.
On the same day in Maiduguri, a 35-year-old mother, sitting next to her son, holds up a photo of her daughter, one of the schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants more than a month ago.
Protests about the kidnapping have continued in Nigeria and across the continent. Here, women in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, call for their release on Friday.
A Nigerian man prepares a meal on Monday at a makeshift camp in Algeria near the fruit market in Boufarik, a town west of the capital, Algiers. Many people from sub-Saharan Africa head north to try and find a way to cross over to Europe.
In South Sudan on Friday, a parade to mark the 31st anniversary of the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) – which led the country to independence in 2011 – is held in the capital, Juba. But with some one million people fleeing their homes since fighting broke out in December between the president and his former deputy, there is little to celebrate in the world’s newest nation.
To the north in Sudan, there has been fighting in several areas near the border since its neighbour seceded. Here, Sudanese troops celebrate recapturing an area in South Kordofan from rebels on Tuesday.
On the same day, a Kenyan riot police officer carries tear gas canisters at Nairobi University where students fought running battles over an increase in fees.
In the caves of Kenya’s Mount Suswa, students hold flaming torches during a lesson by a Maasai elder about the community’s traditions. Suswa, an extinct volcano, is a sacred place for the Maasai.
In South Africa, Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party which won 25 parliamentary seats earlier this month, laughs in the face of tradition on Wednesday when he turns up to be sworn in as an MP dressed as a miner and wearing gumboots.
And in South Africa’s coastal city of Durban on Saturday, gay rights activists participate in a rally to raise awareness about the discrimination homosexuals and transgender people often face.