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Africa's top shots: 3-9 February 2017

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

Women celebrating the presidential election result in Mogadishu, Somalia - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Somali women sing in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday in celebration of Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed's election as president….
People celebrating the presidential election result in Mogadishu, Somalia - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption MPs voted for him under tight security at an aircraft hangar in the city the day before… here Mogadishu residents hitch a ride on a police car to celebrate.
Excited Cameroonian Indomitable Lions football fans in Libreville, Gabon - Sunday 5 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Cameroon's Indomitable Lions became the African football champions on Sunday. These passionate fans were actually pictured before the match against Egypt at the stadium in Gabon's capital, Libreville...
Malian singer Rokia Traore performing in Libreville, Gabon - Saturday 4 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Malian singer Rokia Traore was one of several West African stars to perform at the closing ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations the day before.
Buthuel Buthelezi, head grounds man, sprays bees on a cricket pitch with a fire extinguisher at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday 4 February 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption On the same day in the South African city of Johannesburg, a groundsman sprays bees with a fire extinguisher after they swarmed on to a cricket pitch, delaying a match between South Africa and Sri Lanka - which may have unnerved the visitors as the Proteas went on to win.
A worker handles kola nuts in Anyama, Ivory Coast - Tuesday 7 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption A worker sorts through kola nuts in the Ivorian city of Anyama on Tuesday. Ivory Coast is the world's second-largest kola nut producer. Rich in caffeine, the bitter-tasting nut is chewed throughout West Africa.
A supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari on a white and green painted tricycle in Abuja, Nigeria - Monday 6 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A "one-man riot squad" tricyclist in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, makes his way to a rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday - the day the president asked parliament to extend his medical leave in the UK.
Kenyan athlete Sabrina Simader skiing down a slope in St Moritz, Switzerland - Tuesday 7 February 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption The next day, Kenya's Sabrina Simader speeds down a slope at the Alpine Ski World Championships in the Swiss resort of St Moritz.
Students walking along a railway track with stall alongside in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya - Tuesday 7 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Also on Tuesday, a girl in the Kenyan slum of Kibera looks after a shoe stall as students walk past along a nearby railway track.
Girls reading books in a classroom in El-Riyadh camp in Geneina, West Darfur, Sudan - Wednesday 8 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Girls sit in a classroom at a camp for those who have fled their homes during the conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur on Wednesday…
Pope Francis holding up an icon of Sudanese saint Josephine Bakhita during a general audience at the Vatican - Wednesday 8 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption On the same day, Pope Francis holds up an icon of Sudanese saint Josephine Bakhita in the Vatican to mark her feast day and remember victims of human trafficking. Bakhita was born in Darfur in about 1869 and abducted by slave traders as a child. She later became a nun in Italy working there for more than 40 years.
Italian soldiers in ceremonial dress salute Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in Rome, Italy - Wednesday 8 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Also on Wednesday, a guard of honour salutes Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi as he met Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome.
Tunisian Republican Guard members with drums and other instruments in a square in Tunis, Tunisia - Monday 6 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Two days earlier, Tunisian Republican Guard members prepare to perform at an event in the capital, Tunis, to mark the fourth anniversary of the assassination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid.
President Jacob Zuma and a guard of honour at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption South Africa's President Jacob Zuma looks like he knows what's ahead of him as arrives to a guard of honour ahead of his state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday…
Military spotters on top of parliament with Lion's Head seen behind them in Cape Town, South Africa - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Soldiers were deployed for the event… here military spotters look out from the top of parliament buildings in Cape Town…
A woman taking a selfie outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The ceremonial opening of South Africa's parliament is a time for those attending to dress up...
South African police scuffle with students from the African National Congress (ANC) in Cape Town, South Africa - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Inside, a brawl broke out as Mr Zuma tried to speak... outside police scuffled with the crowds, firing several stun grenades to keep rival party supporters apart.
Canoeists training on Emmarentia Dam at sunrise near Johannesburg, South Africa - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The president might have preferred to be with these paddlers, training on Thursday morning near Johannesburg for the Dusi Canoe Marathon - the continent's biggest canoeing race, which begins next week.
People on stilts in Zanzibar, Tanzania - Thursday 9 February 2017 Image copyright Sammy Awami/BBC
Image caption And if you're in Zanzibar over the weekend, you can look forward to the Sauti za Busara festival, where artists from across Africa will be performing in Stone Town - some seen tottering on stilts here on Thursday.

Images courtesy of AP, AFP, EPA, Reuters

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