Africa

Africa in pictures: 18-24 July 2014

A selection of photographs from around the African continent this week.

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Image caption Models pose backstage on Friday during the 2nd Kinshasa Fashion Week in the Democratic Republic of Congo...
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Image caption Creations by stylist Carine Pala were on display...
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Image caption Sapeurs, part of the "La Sape" movement, the French acronym for The Society for the Advancement of Elegant People, also performed.
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Image caption Meanwhile, in the eastern city of Goma, water-sellers push their bicycles with containers filled with water from Lake Kivu, in this photo released on Sunday. They make about $10 (£6) a day. Goma lies on the edge of one of the world's largest soft water reservoirs, but most people do not have clean drinking water in their homes.
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Image caption Still in DR Congo, a huge pile of caterpillars - a local delicacy - are seen at the Gambela market in Kinshasa...
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Image caption Insects for all tastes can be found at the market, including big weevil larvae, which are said to leave a feeling of smoothness in the mouth...
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Image caption Here, grilled caterpillars with olive oil are served in a makeshift restaurant. They have a crunchy taste and are an affordable source of protein.
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Image caption A volunteer hands out a rose to a surfer as part of the "Petals for Palestine" Peace Project in the South African city of Durban on Sunday. One thousand roses were given out to promote love, peace and unity in the Middle East.
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Image caption Two days earlier, Ugandan marines camouflage themselves while training near Lake Victoria. Uganda is the main contributor to the 22,500-strong African Union force battling militant Islamists in Somalia.
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Image caption Marth Rhoda Achieng Opiyo of Kenya competes in a women's 100m Butterfly heat at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday.
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Image caption A day earlier, Lesotho's flag-bearer Mokhotho Morok leads the mountain kingdom's delegation at the opening ceremony.
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Image caption Martina Batini (R) of Italy in action with Ines Boubakri (L) of Tunisia during their Women"s Foil semi-final match at the FEI 2014 Fencing World Championships in Kazan, Russia, 19 July 2014
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Image caption A cyclist rides on Nelson Mandela bridge in the South African city of Johannesburg on Sunday. Thousands of cyclists participated in the 35km (22 mile) social ride through Johannesburg and Soweto to celebrate the legacy of South Africa's first black president who died in December at the age of 95.
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Image caption Two days earlier, a child eats a lollipop on a visit to Mandela Square in Johannesburg's upmarket suburb of Sandton. South Africans marked Mr Mandela's birthday on Friday with acts of charity and community service.
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Image caption A portrait of Melat, 17, an Ethiopian student by artist Jimmy C at the "Girls Reframed" exhibition in London on Sunday. It was part of an all-day festival to celebrate the power of girls in overcoming poverty.
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Image caption In this photo released on Sunday, a woman picks grapes at a vineyard outside the town of Ziway in central Ethiopia. Vineyards in the area burst with merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes ripening in the sun. The scene is more reminiscent of France's Beaujolais region than this corner of the Horn of the Africa.
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Image caption An overloaded bus is stopped by the Zimbabwean police near Mbare township in Harare on Friday. Mbare is the major trading place in Zimbabwe for fruits and vegetables and acts as the distribution centre for agriculture produce with thousands of dollars worth of trade happening every day...
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Image caption While these two men in Mbare take time off to pray.
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Image caption A man sits in a mosque in Lagos, Nigeria, on 11 July 2014
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Image caption Tanzanian percussion band Jagwa Music singer Jackson Aluja Kazimoto (C) performs at a concert in Cartagena in south-eastern Spain on Friday.