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Africa's top shots: 10-16 February 2017

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

Cheering inmates holding flowers at Langata prison, Nairobi, Kenya - Tuesday 14 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Female inmates at Kenya's Langata prison in the capital, Nairobi, cheer after receiving flowers at events to mark Valentine's Day on Tuesday...
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Image caption It was part of an event dubbed "love behind bars", which included a fashion parade by the prisoners...
A man arranging flowers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Monday 13 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Valentine's Day is also big in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan where this man arranges a bouquet at a flower shop on Monday...
Dancers in Maiduguri, Nigeria - Tuesday 14 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption These revellers in Nigeria celebrate the day for lovers by hitting the dance floor in Maiduguri, a city more usually associated with the Islamist insurgency.
Boris Johnson standing with traditional wrestlers in The Gambia - Tuesday 14 February 2017 Image copyright Marika Tsolakis
Image caption On his visit to The Gambia on Tuesday, the UK's foreign minister Boris Johnson (C) acts the part when pictured with traditional wrestlers.
Kenyan athlete Abraham Kipton, reacts after winning the Lagos City Marathon, in Lagos, Nigeria - Saturday 11 February 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption For a second year in a row, Kenyan athlete Abraham Kipton wins the Lagos City Marathon in Nigeria, which was held on Saturday.
Men from the Pokot ethnic group stand by a lake with their cattle, Kenya - Saturday 11 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On the same day, men from the Pokot ethnic group stand around a lake in central Kenya with their cattleā€¦
A Turkana woman with her cattle in Kenya, Tuesday 14 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Three days later further north in Kenya, a Turkana woman waits behind a tree to get water from a nearby borehole. The country is suffering from a severe drought.
A woman with a pierced tongue taking part in the Kavadi ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa - Sunday 12 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The Hindu Kavadi ceremony is celebrated in South Africa's city of Johannesburg on Sunday when people show their devotion by piercing pins through their tongues and skin.
A woman selling sweets to children in Masiphumelele, South Africa - Monday 13 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The next day, a woman sells sweets to children at school during a break time in Masiphumelele township in the South African city of Cape Town.
Children bouncing on a trampoline in Tripoli, Libya - Wednesday 15 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Libyan children play in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square on Wednesday ahead of celebrations to mark the sixth anniversary of the start of the uprising...
Workers hang flags at Tripoli's Martyrs' Square, on February 15, 2017, in prepping to mark the sixth anniversary of the start of the armed revolt against Gaddafi. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Workers hang flags at the square on the same day in preparation for the events. Long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was killed eight months later...
Libyan demonstrators in Benghazi burn an Italian flag during a protest against Italy for their alleged support to a Misrata armed group - Sunday 12 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The country is still beset by chaos as rival militias vie for power. In Libya's second city of Benghazi on Sunday demonstrators burn an Italian flag during a protest against Italy's alleged support for an armed group in Misrata.
Sunday 12 February, a man rides his bicycle through the Kasbah souk, in the old town of Tunis, Tunisia. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On the same day, a man rides his bicycle through the Kasbah souk in the old town of Tunisia's capital, Tunis.
Liberian women making moulding soap, Monrovia, Liberia - Thursday 16 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Women in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, mould soap to sell on Thursday from waste soap powder they bring in from neighbouring Ivory Coast.
Sailors marching in a parade in Monrovia, Liberia - Saturday 11 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Sailors in Monrovia on Saturday take part in a parade to mark the the 60th anniversary of the country's armed forces.
South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul hits the red carpet at the New York Fashion Week - Tuesday 14 February 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption And South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul, branded the "Melanin Queen" by some magazines, takes part in New York Fashion week on Tuesday. She has made headlines for accusing the fashion industry of racism.

Images courtesy of AP, AFP, EPA, Marika Tsolakis, Reuters

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