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Africa in pictures: 1-7 August 2014

  • 8 August 2014
  • From the section Africa

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

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Bandele Kadjatou, 20, poses in front of a hairdressing salon in a shanty town in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, on Tuesday.

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A woman has her braided on the same in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg. Africa's lucrative hair-care industry largely operates in the informal sector.

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The next day, Cameroon's Chantel Biya overshadowed other first ladies who accompanied their spouses to the historic US-Africa summit in Washington DC with her outfit.

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Hairstyles were also on display on Tuesday in Toronto when Ghana played hosts Canada in a Fifa Under-20 Women's World Cup match. Here, Ghana's goalkeeper Victoria Agyei, in green, claims the ball in front of Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan, helping her team to win 1-0.

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On the same day, a photograph of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is displayed at an exhibition in South Africa's Cape Town city. The exhibition depicts the private and public life of the Nobel laureate, known for his sense of humour.

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The next day, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir is seen in his trademark cowboy hat at the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

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Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke, who is regarded as the father of Ethio-jazz, performs on Wednesday at a festival in Lebanon's ancient city of Byblos.

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A Christian in Kenya walks through candles lit in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza during a peace concert held in Nairobi on Wednesday...

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Three days earlier, people in the Moroccan city of Casablanca acted dead to show their solidarity with Palestinians.

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On Thursday, special forces take part in a parade at the presidential palace in Abidjan during celebrations to mark the 54th anniversary of Ivory Coast's independence.

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Three men, convicted by a military court in Somalia of killing civilians and masterminding a deadly attack on the presidential palace, stand tied to poles shortly before their execution by a firing squad in the capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday. They were members of militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

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Flowers left by relatives of the victims of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 are seen on Friday at its crash site in northern Mali's Gossi region. All 118 people aboard died when the aircraft came down on 24 July. Its cockpit voice recorder is damaged and unintelligible, French investigators say, making it difficult to establish the cause of the crash.

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A view through a window looking over Libya's capital, Tripoli, as smoke fills the sky following a rocket attack by a militia group on Sunday. Fighting between rival militias competing for power has shattered the dreams of many Libyans who had hoped that Col Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow in 2011 would lead to democracy.

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A rainbow forms on Tuesday over the Atlantic ocean as storm clouds approach a small farm on the Cape Town peninsula. A series of cold fronts have brought wet, windy and cold weather to the region as the 2014 winter months are recording unusually high precipitation levels.

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Residents of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, wade through flooded streets on Sunday. According to state media, 39 people have died and more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed in floods that swept through nearly half of Sudan's states over the annual Ramadan and the Eid holidays.

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On Friday, an Egyptian boy dives off Lila Murad rock in Cairo. Summer finally arrived in the region as temperatures soared to 40C for the first time in 2014.

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And baby elephants play in a national park near Kenya's capital on Tuesday. Orphaned elephants are raised in the park and when they mature are returned to the Tsavo National Park, joining the undomesticated elephant population.

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