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Somali refugees carry their belongings after their temporary shelters were destroyed by Somali soldiers on March 4, 2015 at the Sarkusta refugee camp in southern Mogadishu. Dozens of houses and shops were destroyed in the area after the Somali government ordered the demolition of makeshift homes.

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Somali refugees carry their belongings after their temporary shelters were destroyed by Somali soldiers on Wednesday at the Sarkusta refugee camp in southern Mogadishu, Somalia. The Somali government ordered the demolition of makeshift homes

Fire in Cape Town...epa04644360 Rescue personel battle a blaze in Noorhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa 02 March 2015. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. Residents in some areas were forced to evacuate. Rescue personel continue to battle the blaze.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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Firemen battle a blaze in Noordhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. 

IDP's (Internally displaced persons) queue to register at the UNMISS Protection of Civilian (POC) site in Bentiu, Unity State, on Friday. The camp receives up to 200 new IDP each day, due to lack of services in the town. The World Health Organization today  appealed for 1.0 billion USD in additional funds to help provide life-saving health services to millions in need in conflict-ravaged Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan. For South Sudan, which has been wracked by fighting since an alleged attempted coup in December 2013, 90 million USD is needed to provide vital health services to some 3.35 million people, WHO said.

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) queue to register at the UN Mission in South Sudan site in Bentiu, Unity State on Friday. The camp receives up to 200 new IDPs each day

Lesotho Prime Minister and leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) Tom Thabane supporters cheer through the streets of Maseru during a general assembly elections campaign gathering on February 26, 2015 in Maseru, Lesotho. Voters from the Kingdom of Lesotho will head to the polls on February 28 to elect a new parliament.

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Lesotho Prime Minister and leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) Tom Thabane supporters cheer through the streets of Maseru during a general assembly elections campaign gathering on Thursday in Maseru, Lesotho. Voters from the Kingdom of Lesotho will head to the polls on Saturday to elect a new parliament

Supporters of incumbent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (portrait) attend an electoral campaign rally in Khartoum on Tuesday, ahead of the April 13 parliamentary and presidential elections. Campaigning for Sudan's elections started in February 22 with Omar al-Bashir facing little competition for the presidency, a multi-party boycott and the opposition and press facing mounting repression.

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Supporters of incumbent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attend an electoral campaign rally in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, ahead of the April 13 parliamentary and presidential elections

Soldiers watch as people move oil barrels away from the site of an explosion at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Mogadishu...Soldiers watch as people move oil barrels away from the site of an explosion at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, February 23, 2015.

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Soldiers watch as oil barrels are moved from the site of an explosion on Monday at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. This is the second eruption in the past year at Piton de la Fournaise after 3-years of quiet.

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Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion. This is the volcano’s second eruption in the past year after three years of quiet

Reunion Island's active volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise, erupting near the Dolomieu, Bory and Rivals craters on the French Island of Reunion.

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Piton de la Fournaise, erupting near the Dolomieu, Bory and Rivals craters on the French island of Réunion

A grave digger works in the U.S.-built Ebola cemetery for "safe burials" in Disco Hill, Liberia.

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A grave digger works in the U.S.-built Ebola cemetery for “safe burials” in Disco Hill, Liberia.

Members of the Libyan pro-government forces, backed by locals, gather on a tank outside the Central Bank, near Benghazi port...Members of the Libyan pro-government forces, backed by locals, gather on a tank outside the Central Bank, near Benghazi port, January 21, 2015. The area has been the scene of heavy battles for weeks against the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of ex anti-Gaddafi rebels, who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia A parliament set up in Libya to rival the elected assembly has suspended U.N.-sponsored peace talks because of what it called fresh violence from the country's recognized government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.  REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

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Members of the Libyan pro-government forces, backed by locals, on a tank outside the Central Bank, near Benghazi port. The area has been the scene of heavy battles for weeks against the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels, who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia. 

Fisherman trying to catch fish next to a destroyed railway line on the flooded Shire river in Nsanjen district, Malawi. The Malawi government has declared half the country a disaster zone  after torrential rains killed at least 48 people, left 70,000 homeless, and destroyed bridges and roads.

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Fisherman next to a destroyed railway line on the flooded Shire river in Nsanjen district, Malawi. The government declared half the African country a disaster zone after torrential rain killed at least 48 people, left 70,000 homeless and destroyed bridges and roads.

An electoral agent checks on voters roll as Zambians queue to cast their ballots for the Zambian Presidential elections at Kanyama primary in Lusaka on January 20, 2015. Polling opened in Zambia's tightly contested vote to elect a president after a ruling party power struggle following the death of Michael Sata in office last year.

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An electoral agent checks the voter roll at Kanyama constituency in Lusaka, Zambia, as Zambians cast their ballots for the presidential elections

Schoolchildren from the Lang'ata road pr...Schoolchildren from the Lang'ata road primary flee tear gas on January 19, 2015 in Nairobi after breaking a wall illegally erected around it and being dispersed by police attempting to break up their demonstration against the removal of their school's playground, which was allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician. Children were in the front line of people pulling down a wall erected around the playground.                      AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

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Schoolchildren from the Lang’ata Road primary school flee tear gas in Nairobi, Kenya after breaking a wall that had been illegally erected around it and being dispersed by police attempting to break up their demonstration against the removal of their school’s playground, which was allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician 

A flood victim attempting to help his disabled child at a food hand-out point in Nchalo, Malawi. The Malawi government has declared half the country a disaster zone after torrential rains killed at least 170 people, left an estimated 100,000 homeless, and destroyed bridges and roads. The death toll had earlier been given as 48. It rose after villagers in the southern district of Nsanje were swept away by swelling rivers. Meteorologists warned that rains could continue for days.

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A flood victim attempting to help his disabled child at a food hand-out point in Nchalo, Malawi. The Malawi government has declared half the country a disaster zone after torrential rains killed at least 170 people, left an estimated 100,000 homeless, and destroyed bridges and roads

Unidentified men stand outside a ticketing office ahead of the opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Friday Jan. 16, 2015.

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Fans stand outside a ticketing office ahead of the opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Friday

A woman walks past houses that were heavily damaged by flash floods two month earlier in the coastal Moroccan village of Aglou, north of Sidi Ifni on January 12, 2015. The floods, that were described by the residents as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades, killed at least 32 people and left others homeless. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNAFADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman walks past houses that were heavily damaged by flash floods two months earlier, in the coastal Moroccan village of Aglou, north of Sidi Ifni. The floods, that were described by the residents as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades, killed at least 32 people and left others homeless.

Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate and former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi , 88, wave their national flag and his portrait as he gives a speech at a meeting during his presidential election campaign tour on December 17, 2014 in the Kef region, northwest of the capital Tunis, as Tunisians prepare to vote on the weekend in the second round of  the presidential election, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring. Essebsi's secular Nidaa Tounes party won parliamentary elections in October and he has emerged as the clear favourite to be Tunisia's next leader, though with reduced influence after constitutional changes stripped the president of many powers.

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Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate and former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi , 88, wave their national flag and his portrait as he gives a speech during his campaign tour in the Kef region, northwest of Tunis. The second round of the presidential vote takes place at the weekend, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since the country sparked the Arab spring

Rescue workers gather around a collapsed building in Makongeni area of Nairobi, Kenya. Several people are feared trapped or dead after a five-storey residential building collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday. The cause of the collapse in unknown

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Rescue workers gather around a collapsed building in Makongeni area of Nairobi, Kenya. Several people were feared trapped or dead after a five-storey residential building collapsed early on Wednesday

Part of the crowd holding Kenyan flags cheer as Kenyan President arrives at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, during the 51st Madaraka Day or Independence from British Rule celebrations.

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Part of the crowd holding Kenyan flags cheer as Kenyan President arrives at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, during the 51st Madaraka Day or Independence from British Rule celebrations

Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County...Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after.

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More than 100 Pokot girls wearing traditional jewellery take part in an initiation ceremony marking the passing into womanhood, in Baringo County, about 80km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat, Kenya