Africa

Africa's week in pictures: 16-22 August 2019

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

The silhouettes of joggers are seen next to a lighthouse and a boat at sunrise. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Joggers run along the Kalk Bay harbour wall in Cape Town, South Africa, on Thursday morning.
A yellow butterfly contrasts with the purple lavender flower it has landed on. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Also in Cape Town, a butterfly lands on a lavender plant on Monday, attracted by its scent.
A boxer in red punches his opponent, dressed in blue, on the head. Image copyright AFP
Image caption South Sudanese boxer Hal Hal stings like a bee, as he lands a punch on Lesotho's Mokhesi Tlholohelo at the African Games on Wednesday in Morocco.
Women dance at a festival in Eritrea Image copyright Hana Zeratsyon/BBC
Image caption On the same day, the "Shelil", or hair dance, is performed at a festival in Eritrea. Girls and women of the Tigre ethnic group keep their hair covered most of the year, only revealing it on special occasions such as weddings.
Children at Tigray Ashenda Festival in Ethiopia Image copyright Habtom Weldeyowhannes/BBC
Image caption The next day in neighbouring Ethiopia, these children attend a three-day cultural festival called Ashenda.
A man in a yellow hard hat uses an implement on the side of a sculpted column. Image copyright EPA
Image caption On Sunday in Egypt, workers restore details on the Cambodian-inspired palace of Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain which was built about 100 years ago.
People cling to a train, many of them waiving flags and other thrusting their hands into air in a victory sign. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Sudanese people flock to the capital, Khartoum, by train on Saturday to celebrate the signing of a power-sharing deal between the military and the civilian-led opposition.
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A swimmer takes a deep breath as she surfaces from the water. Her reflective goggles appear green. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption And Nonhlanhla Thole competes for Zambia in the 200m Butterfly heats at the World Junior Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

Pictures from Reuters, EPA, Getty Images, AFP and BBC

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