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Africa's top shots: 9 December-15 December 2016

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week:

Youths dive into a tidal pool as temperatures soar at Camps Bay beach in Cape Town, South Africa, December 11, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Young men dive into a tidal pool on Saturday at the popular Camps Bay beach in South Africa's Cape Town, amid soaring temperatures.
A man throws a child in the air before an international traditional dance competition on December 9, 2016 at the Palais de la Culture d"Abidjan. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On Friday, a man throws a child in the air before she takes part in a dance competition at the Palais de la Culture in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan.
jama Tipis, a Maasai moran from Rombo Manyatta, competes in the 2016 Maasai Olympics at the Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kimana, Kajiado, Kenya December 10, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption While this javelin thrower competes on Saturday in what is billed as the 2016 Maasai Olympics in Kenya's Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary. The tournament is part of efforts to promote wildlife and habitat conservation in the Maasai community...
Joyce Tokoyan, a Maasai female athlete, has her face smeared with red ocher paint during preparations for the 2016 Maasai Olympics at the Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kimana, Kajiado, Kenya December 10, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A woman has her faced smeared with red ochre paint at the event, where both sport and culture are celebrated.
enya-born singer and musician Ayub Ogada, 60, performs in concert in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Born in Mombasa, Kenya, Ogada uses the traditional nyatiti, an eight-stringed lyre played by the Luo people of Western Kenya, and his music has featured in a number of films. Image copyright AP
Image caption In Nairobi on Sunday, renowned Kenyan singer Ayub Ogada, performs at a concert. He uses a nyatiti, an eight-stringed lyre played by the Luo ethnic group.
Dancers fix costumes after wearing them during a performance at the Musee du District in Bamako, Mali, December 9, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Friday, dancers fix costumes after wearing them during a performance in Mali's capital, Bamako.
A woman sells Christmas items in front of a vehicle parked along a road in the central business district, near Marina in Lagos, Nigeria December 13, 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Tuesday, a woman sells Christmas items on the streets of Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.
A boy wearing a folk costume takes part in a procession celebrating the religious holiday of Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, in Benghazi, Libya December 10, 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption While this boy wears a folk costume during an Islamic festival in Libya's second city, Benghazi, on Saturday...
A girl wearing a mask takes part in a procession celebrating the religious holiday of Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, in Benghazi, Libya December 10, 2016. Picture taken December 10, 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption This mask-wearing girl also took part in the festival to mark the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
Two persons dressed as Groot (L) and Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy react during the World Rugby Sevens Series semi-final match England vs Scotland, on December 11, 2016, in Cape Town Image copyright AFP
Image caption While these two rugby fans are dressed as Groot and Rocket Raccoon from the film Guardians of the Galaxy at Saturday's match between England and Scotland in Cape Town.
A hot-air balloon flies over the city of Luxor, south of Cairo, Egypt December 13, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A hot air balloon flies over Luxor on Tuesday, giving tourists a bird's eye view of the ancient Egyptian city.
Heavy rainfall has caused play to be suspended prior to the first round of the MCB Tour Championship played at the Legend Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage on December 9, 2016 in Poste de Flacq, Mauritius. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Heavy rain caused play to be suspended at this golf course in the Mauritius town of Poste de Flacq on Friday but at least the ducks enjoyed themselves.

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