Africa

Africa in pictures: 12-18 February 2016

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

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Image caption The Amani Festival was held in the north-eastern city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend - the BBC's Ley Uwera went along to enjoy the music and food…
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Image caption Performers included Senegalese musician Ismael Lo and Zambia's Yvonne Mwale - and this boy was snapped on Saturday before going on stage to perform a traditional dance.
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Image caption "Amani" means peace in Swahili - and the festival is aimed at promoting reconciliation in a region that has experienced years of unrest.
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Image caption Love was also in the air in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan on Saturday ahead of Valentine's Day. Here a woman sells hearts and flowers at a street market in the suburb of Marcory.
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Image caption The fashion creations of Malian designer Lamine Kouyate wow audiences at New York fashion week on Wednesday...
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Image caption Some of the outfits have a space-age feel.
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Image caption On the same day, people from the Karamojong ethnic group in eastern Uganda are pictured on a rocky outcrop...
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Image caption Also on the eve of Uganda's elections, a kite vendor wanders through rush-hour traffic in the capital, Kampala.
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Image caption In Niger's capital, Niamey, on Thursday a snappy dresser poses for a photo at a campaign rally for President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections on Sunday...
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Image caption One of the main contenders is Hama Amadou, who is contesting from jail. In this poster one of his supporters compares him to Muhammadu Buhari, who won elections as an opposition candidate last year in neighbouring Nigeria.
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Image caption Also on Thursday, people do back bends while listening to disco music on headphones at a early morning dance and yoga session in the South African city of Johannesburg.
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Image caption And a three-day canoe race gets under way on Thursday in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. The Dusi Canoe Marathon is reportedly the biggest canoeing event on the continent.

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