Africa’s top shots: 8-14 December 2017

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Africa's top shots: 8-14 December 2017


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

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Kenya’s Sabrina Simader flies through the air during her women’s slalom race in St Moritz, Switzerland on Friday.

A Long March 3B rocket carrying Alcomsat-1, Algeria"s first telecommunications satellite, takes off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 11, 2017.Image copyright
Reuters

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Also lifting off is Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China on Monday.

Members of the Africa Diaspora Forum (ADF), civil society organisations, churches, trade unions and other coalitions wear chains and shout slogans during a demonstration against the slave trade and human trafficking in Libya on December 12, 2017 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.Image copyright
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Protesters in South Africa stage a demonstration on Tuesday about reports that migrants are being used as slaves in Libya…

Migrants stand in a detention centre run by the interior ministry of Libya"s eastern-based government, in Benghazi, Libya, December 13, 2017.Image copyright
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These migrants are pictured the following day at a detention centre in the Libyan city of Benghazi…

Malian migrants are transferred by bus to a temporary shelter upon their arrival in Bamako on December 13, 2017, after being repatriated from Libya by the IOM (International Organisation for the Migrations).Image copyright
AFP

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And this family from Mali are some of the thousands of migrants who have been helped to leave Libya and go home in recent weeks following shock and outrage around the continent at the reports.

Isabel Antonio, a 16-year-old singer and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, poses for a portrait at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 6, 2017. She lost her country and childhood in one of Africa"s most terrible wars, but Congolese refugee Isabel Antonio has won the hearts of millions of Brazilians with her performances on The Voice Brasil.Image copyright
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While in this photo released on Friday, Isabel Antonio, a 16-year-old singer and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, poses at the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has won the hearts of millions of viewers of TV talent show The Voice Brasil.

Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong"o poses on the red carpet during the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA, 09 December 2017. Nyong"o plays the role of Maz Kanata in the film.Image copyright
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And in California, Kenyan-Mexican actor Lupita Nyong’o poses on the red carpet during Saturday’s world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Nyong’o plays the role of Maz Kanata.

Nigerian soprano Omo Bello rehearses in Lagos on December 8, 2017. A live performance of an aria from an Italian opera, sung by a professional soprano, isn"t a common sound in Nigeria"s bustling commercial and entertainment capital. But it"s not the strangest thing for the performer, Omo Bello. News of her appearance in Lagos has attracted a crowd, even it"s only for a short rehearsal.Image copyright
AFP

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Back on the continent, Nigerian soprano Omo Bello rehearses in Lagos. Opera is not particularly well known in Nigeria but AFP reports that a crowd gathered to hear her practise.

A woman shows how to use female condoms at a stand on December 8, 2017 in Abidjan, as part of the 19th ICASA conference (International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa).Image copyright
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On Friday, a woman demonstrates how to use a female condom at the 19th International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (Icasa) in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan.

A stone sculptor at work along the highway to the Robert Mugabe International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 12 December 2017.Image copyright
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This stone sculptor is polishing his wares in Harare on Tuesday. He is among the millions of Zimbabweans hoping that business will improve under new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as tourists often buy these sculptures as souvenirs.

Soldiers of Tanzania People"s Defence Force (TPDF) stand beside the coffins of Tanzanian peacekeepers who were killed by by suspected Ugandan rebels, at the headquarters of Tanzania People"s Defence Force in Dar es Salaam on December 14, 2017.Image copyright
AFP

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On Thursday, members of Tanzania’s security forces pay their respects as the bodies of 14 UN peacekeepers were sent back to Dar es Salaam after they were killed by rebels in DR Congo last week.

People wave Kenyan flags during the Independence Day ceremony, called Jamhuri Day ("Republic" in Swahili) at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 12, 2017.Image copyright
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This man was among thousands who celebrated the anniversary of Kenya’s independence from the UK on Tuesday, which was Jamhuri (Republic) Day.

Senegal"s President Macky Sall (L) and Japan"s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) exchange national soccer jerseys at the end of a joint press conference at the Prime Minister"s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 13 December 2017.Image copyright
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Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange football shirts at the end of a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.

This handout photo taken on December 9, 2017 by the Nigerian State House shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Bihari walking on his farm in Daura, Katsina State.Image copyright
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Meanwhile Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari visits his farm in his home town of Daura.

In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Household Queen Letizia of Spain (2nd L) watches a performance during her visit on December 13, 2017 in Ziguinchor, SenegalImage copyright
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And the Spanish Queen Letizia (2nd left) watches a traditional masquerade in the southern Senegalese town of Ziguinchor.

Khoisan Chief SA (C), Khoisan community members Christian Martin (L) and Brendon Willings (R) talk as they camp during the 12th day, outside the South African government "Union Buildings", in Pretoria on December 12, 2017. They were previously refused to enter the buildings by officials who complained about their traditional dress.Image copyright
AFP

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These Khoisan chiefs walked for two weeks from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria, where they camped out at the Union Buildings, the seat of government, to demand official recognition of their language, and their community as South Africa’s original inhabitants.

Images courtesy of AFP, EPA and Reuters



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