Africa in pictures: 22-28 January 2016

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

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Image caption The mascot for the 2017 Francophone Games in Ivory Games performs with puppets in the main city, Abidjan, on Wednesday. The, mascot, an elephant in national colours, is named Faro, urban slang in Ivory Coast for "show off".
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Image caption This girl dances on Sunday at a campaign rally of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi in Lyantonde town in the Central Region. The 18 February poll is being heavily contested, with eight candidates challenging Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking to extend his 30-year rule.
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Image caption In Kenya on Wednesday, children join their parents at a memorial in honour of soldiers killed by militant Islamists in Somalia.
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Image caption While this Tuareg man, in a photo released on Monday, sits pensively in the Libyan desert as he cuts bread.
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Image caption Across the continent in Zimbabwe, farmers cultivate crops on Tuesday, having so far escaped the devastating effects of a drought which has destroyed crops and killed the livestock of other farmers.
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Image caption In South Africa's Cape Town on the same day, buckets of water are used to extinguish a fire at a home in an impoverished suburb of the city. It is unclear what caused the blaze, but fires are fairly common in a city where many people live in poor areas.
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Image caption In Morocco's capital, Rabat, on Sunday, trainee teachers concerned about their future protest against the government's decision to cut their grants by half.
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Image caption While on Wednesday, an unemployed man in Tunisia's northern Kasserine region goes on a hunger strike with his mouth sewed shut during a protest against the lack of jobs.

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