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Africa's week in pictures: 11-17 January 2019

A selection of photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere this week:

A lizard sun bathes on a jeep's tire in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 13, 2019. Image copyright EPA
Image caption A lizard sunbathes on a car tyre on Sunday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A street vendor sells regalia depicting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa outside the venue for the African National Congress (ANC) 107th anniversary celebrations at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on January 12, 2019. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Members of South Africa's governing ANC party gather to mark its 107th anniversary in Durban on Saturday, while a street vendor outside the venue sells cloths.
Phumza Maweni of South Africa in action during the Vitality Netball International Series match between South Africa and Australian Diamonds, as part of the Netball Quad Series at Echo Arena on January 13, 2019 in Liverpool, England. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption South Africa's Phumza Maweni wins the ball in Sunday's match against Australia in the Netball Quad Series in England. With the sport's World Cup just a few months away, players see this smaller tournament as part of their preparation.
Three customs officers stand next to each other in their new, blue-and-white striped uniforms. Image copyright Twitter
Image caption New-look uniforms launched this week for Zambia's customs officers have drawn unfavourable comparisons online to pyjamas and prison garb.
An Amazigh woman wears traditional clothes on the eve of the 2969th Amazigh New Year near the parliament in the capital of Rabat, Morocco, 12 January 2019. After more than eight years of devoting Berbers as an official language alongside Arabic, voices in Morocco are increasingly calling for a public holiday to celebrate the Berber New Year. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Members of Morocco's Amazigh community celebrate their New Year on Saturday in the capital, Rabat. They want the date to be recognised as a national public holiday...
Ahwach musicians perform and celebrate with members of the community on the eve of the 2969th Amazigh New Year near the parliament in the capital of Rabat, Morocco, 12 January 2019. After more than eight years of devoting Berbers as an official language alongside Arabic, voices in Morocco are increasingly calling for a public holiday to celebrate the Berber New Year. Image copyright EPA
Image caption These Ahwach musicians perform at the same event.
People attend opening ceremony of the first section of the Dakar regional express train linking the capital to Diamniadio, on January 14, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. When completed, the Regional Express Train will link Dakar to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport. Image copyright Anadolu Agency
Image caption The Dakar regional express train has its official opening ceremony on Monday in the Senegalese capital. Services link Dakar with the new city of Diamniadio, and will eventually extend to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport.
Posters of famous Egyptian singers, actors and politicians are seen on sale at Cairo's historic al-Azbakeya book market at downtown in Cairo on January 16, 2019. Image copyright AFP
Image caption On Wednesday, rows of posters of famous Egyptian singers, actors and politicians are seen on sale at the historic al-Azbakeya book market in Cairo.
Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo seen at the ICC. Image copyright EPA
Image caption On Tuesday, supporters of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo ready the champagne at The Hague, moments before the ICC announces his acquittal for crimes against humanity. But prosecutors later appeal against the decision, meaning Mr Gbagbo must now remain behind bars until the appeals chamber makes a ruling.
Aerial high angle shot people are evacuated at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi Image copyright Reuters
Image caption As gunfire and explosions are heard at Nairobi's DusitD2 hotel complex on Tuesday, people run to safety with the help of emergency services and security officers...
People wait for family members to be evacuated from the DusitD2 compound in Nairobi after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel complex on January 15, 2019. Image copyright AFP
Image caption As night falls, anxious family members still waiting for news of their loved ones come to the compound hoping they have escaped the al-Shabab militants...
A woman reacts as she is reunited with family after being evacuated from the DusitD2 compound in Nairobi after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel complex on January 15, 2019. Image copyright AFP
Image caption These two women are overjoyed and relieved to find each other, but some 21 people are now known to have been killed in the attacks and police have made nine arrests.
A supporter of Martin Fayulu, runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election holds the Congolese flag during a protest in front of the constitutional court as they wait for him to deliver his appeal contesting Congo's National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni) results of the presidential election in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 12, 2019. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Saturday a supporter of Martin Fayulu, the runner-up in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election, brandishes the national flag during a protest in front of the constitutional court as they wait for him to deliver his appeal contesting December's poll result that gave FĂ©lix Tshisekedi victory.

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