A selection of photographs from around the African continent this week: – BBC News







A selection of photographs from around the African continent this week:


 A performer and a participant wait for the start of the Gauteng Carnival 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 September 2014

A performer shows off her costume at a carnival in South Africa’s main city, Johannesburg, on Saturday…


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Performers prepare for the Gauteng Carnival 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 September 2014

Elaborate preparations are made before the colourful floats and troupes take to the streets for the annual festival – this year’s celebrated 20 years of democracy in South Africa following the end of white minority rule in 1994…


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Men take part in a traditional dance during the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of Arba Mintch town, Ethiopia on 6 September  2014

In Ethiopia on the same day, people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the formation of the town of Arba Mintch, about 500km (310 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa. In the local Amharic language, Arba Mintch means 40 springs – the name given to the town because of its many springs.


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Fans of South Africa's football team, some of them wearing Makarapa hats, cheer during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between South Africa and Nigeria on 10 September 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Fans of South Africa’s football team, some of them wearing the famous hand-cut and hand-painted hard hats known as makarapa, have some anxious moments during Wednesday’s match between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria’s Super Eagles. The match ended in a goalless draw…


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A supporter of Sierra Leone reacts during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone on 6 September 2014 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan

On Saturday, a Sierra Leone supporter reacts during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan. Disappointment awaited him as Ivory Coast won 2-1…


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A fan of Ivory coast holds a sign with a message against Ebola during the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match between Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan, 6 September 2014

At the same match, an Ivorian fan holds a sign to raise public awareness about the deadly Ebola virus…


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A Liberian health worker disinfects a taxi which had transported an Ebola patient in Monrovia, Liberia, 9 September 2014

With Liberia worst-affected by the virus, a health worker on Tuesday disinfects a taxi which had transported an Ebola patient to a treatment centre in the capital, Monrovia. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that taxis are a common cause of transmission of Ebola.


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One of the Kenyan sex workers (C) covers her face during a protest outside the offices of Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) in Nairobi, Kenya 11 September 2014

In Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Thursday, sex workers protest outside the offices of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA). The women had gone to lodge a complaint with the watchdog body after a sex worker was alleged killed by a policeman…


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Nuns pray on 10 September 2014 at The Shrine of Mont Sion Gikungu in Bujumbura, Burundi, during a mass in memory of three Italian nuns who were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent

A day earlier, a prayer is held for three elderly Italian nuns who were killed at a convent in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. The Catholic diocese of Parma in Italy said the deaths appeared to have been “the tragic outcome of an armed robbery by a mentally unbalanced person”.


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Cricketers play on 7 September 2014 at ETO Kicukiro, the former technical school of Kigali where thousands of Rwandans were killed during the 1994 genocide

In Rwanda’s capital Kigali on Sunday, a batsman shows his skills during a cricket match played at ETO Kicukiro, a former technical school where thousands of people were killed during the 1994 genocide…


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A white stork feasts on a cricket it caught on the pitch, during the cricket One Day International final between South Africa and Australia in Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, 6 September 2014

On Saturday, a white stork feasts on a cricket it caught on the pitch during the One Day International cricket final between South Africa and Australia in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare…


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Planes draw a heart in the sky during formation displays at the largest Air Show to be held in Zimbabwe in more than 20 years, on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, 7  September 2014

The next day, planes draw a heart in the sky at the largest air show to be held in Zimbabwe in more than 20 years. The show, on the outskirts of Harare, saw the participation of international aerobatics team and formation displays.


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A Hadeda Ibis bird flies over as the full moon rises in the distance on 8 September 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa

While on Monday, a hadeda Ibis bird flies in front of the full moon rising over Johannesburg. It was the third and final “super-moon” of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon”, occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.


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A selection of photographs from around the African continent this week: – BBC News

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