Africa

Africa in pictures: 11-17 March 2016

A selection of the photos from across Africa this week:

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Image caption On Sunday, a man in the Moroccan capital Rabat joins protests against comments made by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who used the term "occupation" to refer to the situation in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, which is claimed by Morocco.
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Image caption The next day, children in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna campaign for the release of the leader of Nigeria's main Shia Muslim sect, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. The influential figure was shot and arrested during a crackdown on the group in December.
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Image caption Meanwhile in Malawi, wildlife officials note down identification details for elephant tusks, before lighting a huge bonfire for 2.6 tonnes of seized ivory...
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Image caption In another approach to protect the vulnerable animals from poaching, Kenyan wildlife officials in Tsavo National Park fit an elephant with a special tracking collar.
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Image caption On Tuesday in Ivory Coast, camera lights illuminate the face of Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, speaking to media from the beach town of Grand Bassam, where at least 19 people were killed in an attack by Islamist militants two days earlier.
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Image caption The following morning, on the beach nearby, a man writes "I say no to terrorism" in French in the sand.
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Image caption In Cairo on Wednesday, a Muslim man performs a special form of prayer called Zikr, to celebrate the birth of Sayeda Nafisa, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Image caption On Thursday, a protester hurls a missile towards police in the South African city of Johannesburg, during protests over the removal of illegal electricity connections in the Zandspruit township.
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Image caption The same day, supporters of Congo-Brazaville's opposition MCDDI party cheer during a rally for their leader, who is opposed to President Denis Sassou Nguesso running for a controversial third term.

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