Africa

Africa in pictures: 25-31 July 2014

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

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Image caption A man feeds a sea lion by placing a sardine in his mouth after calling out to the animal in the South African city of Cape Town on Saturday. Dolphins and sea lions have been trained by the US Navy to perform tasks such as ship and harbour protection and mine detection.
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Image caption A day earlier, thousands of South Africans protested in Durban against Israel's military offensive in Gaza. South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela, who died in December aged 95, campaigned strongly for a Palestinian state.
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Image caption Nigeria's Hammed Suleman competes in the qualifying round of the men's long jump athletics event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday...
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Image caption Nigerian runner Dominique Duncan raises the fashion stakes at the Games on Wednesday with her blue lipstick and purple hair...
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Image caption Three days earlier, Kenya's John Kelai and Uganda's Munyo Mutai of Uganda cross the Clyde Arc Bridge in Glasgow while running a marathon.
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Image caption Muslims hold special prayers in the courtyard of a mosque in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, on Monday. The prayers were part of celebrations to mark Eid al-Fitr, which heralds the end of a month of fasting to show solidarity with the poor.
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Image caption A typist in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, wears gloves to avoid the deadly Ebola virus. The government has shut all schools amid fears that the virus is spiralling out of control. It has killed 729 people in four West African states since February.
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Image caption A man shows a pair of sandals locally known as "akalas" made from recycled tyres on the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday. Akala sandals have soles crafted from car tyres and are cushioned by rubber padding. They are far cheaper than the average footwear in local shops, and are said to last longer.
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Image caption Reuben Koroma of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars band performs at a concert in Gdynia, northern Poland, on Friday. Koroma recorded his first album while living in a refugee camp during Sierra Leone's civil war. Tens of thousands of people died in the conflict while many others were left disabled after rebels amputated their limbs.
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Image caption And male models present creations by South African fashion designer Craig Port on the third and final day of the Cape Town Fashion Week on Saturday.

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