Africa's week in pictures: 18 - 24 August 2017

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A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.

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In Ghana's capital Accra, US-based performance artist Tsedaye Makonnen takes part in the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival.

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Hundreds of local and international artists attend the festival on Saturday, entertaining crowds with acrobatics, comedy, dance and much more.

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On the same day, these women are having fun at the inaugural Jollof Festival in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos. The festival was a chance for food lovers to taste different recipes of Jollof, a rice dish popular across West Africa.

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On the same day in Angola's capital Luanda, supporters of the ruling MPLA party are in buoyant mood at an election campaign rally. The party's candidate, Joao Lourenco, is expected to become the next president following incumbent Jose Eduardo dos Santos' decision to step down after 38 years in office.

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The next day, supporters of the main opposition presidential candidate, Isaias Samakuva, hold a black rooster. It is the symbol of Mr Samakuva's Unita party.

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Meanwhile, supporters of Kenya's main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, protest in the capital, Nairobi, on Friday. The opposition accuses the police of using excessive force to quell protests after disputed elections on 8 August. Police deny the allegation.

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On Saturday, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is received by some state governors at the main airport in the capital, Abuja, after his return from three months of medical leave in the UK.

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In Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, a protester holds a placard reading "No to barbarism". Residents marched through the city on Saturday to protest against the killing of 18 people in a suspected jihadist attack on the terrace of a popular Turkish restaurant.

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In this photo released on Friday, children are seen playing play in the River Chari in Chad's capital, N'Djamena.

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On the same day, Egyptian parents teach newborns how to swim in the capital, Cairo.

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