Africa's year in pictures 2017

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A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this year:

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In January, young ballerinas prepare for a lesson at Spurgeons Academy, which provides free education to more than 425 orphans and less privileged children from Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya.
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The same month, a group of boys warm up to play football on a beach in the West Point neighbourhood of Liberia's capital, Monrovia.
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The top tier of a cake baked for former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday is decorated with his portrait by his staff in February.
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Refugees queue at a UN hot-meal point in Kuluba the same month. The UN says more than one million South Sudanese have taken refuge in Uganda since civil war erupted in December 2013, with at least 100,000 entering this year.
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The first hijab-wearing woman to sign to a major modelling agency, Somali-American Halima Aden takes to the catwalk in the Italian city of Milan in February.
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In April, sharply dressed fans of Congolese superstar Papa Wemba pay tribute to the musician a year after his death. He was the king of the sapeurs and founder of "La Sape" (Society of Partygoers and Elegant People).
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In May, a vendor tries to entice motorists in Salima, Malawi with a spot of roasted mouse.
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Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria competes during the Women Single 1 Round at the Table Tennis World Championship in Germany.
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In the same month, a South African motocross rider wows the crowd at celebrations for Lagos state's 50th anniversary in Nigeria.
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Meanwhile in South Africa, a woman looks on near the constitutional court in Johannesburg, where there had been a march to demand the removal of President Jacob Zuma.
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In June, Libyan fishermen rise early to make their daily catch off the coast of Benghazi.
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Kenyans ran in the country's first "colour run" - a global phenomenon borrowed from the Hindu Holi festival in which participants throw coloured powder at each other.
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In South Africa's Cape Town earlier in the month, a photographer escapes a spray of a different kind as he braves the storm to capture raging waves.
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In July, a car workshop in Somalia's capital, proudly displays the various spare parts for sale on an outside wall. Business has been booming in Mogadishu since African Union and government troops drove militant Islamists out of the city.
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Ivory Coast's brightest students were invited to the presidential palace in the commercial capital, Abidjan, including this girl pictured at the vice-president's desk. She was among 51 school pupils to be honoured for achieving top grades in their end-of-year exams.
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The widow of murdered Kenyan election official Chris Msando is seen attending a Requiem Mass on Thursday in her husband's memory, with their youngest son by her side. Mr Msando, who was in charge of Kenya's computerised voting system, was killed just days before the general election.
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This grieving mother who lost her son in Sierra Leone's devastating mudslide waits outside the university hospital in Freetown in August. Officials said 400 people were known to have died, and some 3,000 people were left homeless in what became a humanitarian emergency.
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In the same month, South African athlete Luvo Manyonga captivates the crowd with his gold medal-winning performance at the IAAF World Championships in London. Four years previously he was addicted to a drug similar to crystal meth called "tik". Now, as the men's long jump champion he is looking ahead to his next goal of beating the world record.
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A guard stands in front of the Emir of Kano's palace before the start of the Durbar festival in September, part of Eid celebrations in northern Nigeria.
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The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawardros II, delivers morning Mass to the faithful the previous day at St Mina Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. The country is home to the third largest Coptic community outside Egypt.
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Men remove hyacinth weeds by hand from Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia. The invasive plant has threatened the livelihoods of many fishermen in East Africa.
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Gold miners in Uganda search for nuggets on the same day that the Fairtrade Foundation announces its first shipment of gold from Uganda.
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A Kenyan man sits on a street sign outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi where Chief Justice David Maraga ruled in favour of the opposition's petition to annul the results of August's presidential elections over voting irregularities. The road names on the sign were temporarily altered by the public in a tribute to the judge and to lawyer James Orengo, who brought the case. The repeat presidential vote was later won by Uhuru Kenyatta amid low voter turnout after his challenger Raila Odinga urged supporters to boycott the poll.
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Maitre Gims, a rapper born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, poses next to a wax sculpture of himself at its unveiling in France's capital, Paris, in October.
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Competitors grip their heads in concentration during the Sudan National Chess Championship in preparation for the Olympics, in the capital, Khartoum.
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Sometimes, you just need a little help. This little boy prays ahead of his primary school exams in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
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Moroccan children head to the Great Mosque of Sale near the capital, Rabat, to pray for rain. The king has issued a royal decree for citizens to pray for rainfall and end the dry spell troubling Morocco's agricultural sector.
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Also in November, African migrants are pictured in a courtyard at a detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. That month, footage of slave markets where African migrants hoping to reach Europe are instead sold to Libyans for unpaid labour and sexual exploitation has caused outrage.
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Before he offered his resignation in November, President Robert Mugabe faced impeachment on charges that included allowing his wife "to usurp constitutional power" in what many saw as her quest to succeed her elderly husband as president. Some say that blaming Mrs Mugabe for Zimbabwe's crisis is misogynistic and merely lets Mr Mugabe off the hook.
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In December, a diver dressed as Father Christmas feeds a stingray during a show at an aquarium in South Africa's coastal city of Durban.

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