Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews a marsh band during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015

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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews a marsh band during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

Police officers patrol along a street in Kenya's capital Nairobi on July 24, 2015, ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama. Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya later today, with a massive security operation under way to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants

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Police officers patrol along a street in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Friday, ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama

Young men clean second-hand shoes to sell them on a market in Bujumbura on July 24, 2015. Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is set to win a controversial third term in office, but analysts say his victory will be hollow, with the country divided, isolated and facing aid cuts

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Young men clean second-hand shoes to sell them on a market in Bujumbura on Friday. Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is set to win a controversial third term in office

A man uses a cane as he walks past a store in the Poto Poto popular district, of the Congolese capital Brazzaville

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A man uses a cane as he walks past a store in the Poto Poto popular district, of the Congolese capital Brazzaville

Election observers sit in an empty polling station for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. A low turnout was experienced in several polling stations in the Burundi s capital at the start of voting in the country s presidential election following a night of explosions and gunfire in at least two opposition strongholds that oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza s candidacy for a third term in office

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Election observers sit in an empty polling station for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Tuesday

Cylists hang to the back of a truck outside the capital Bujumbura, July 19, 2015,  as the country awaits next week's presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 45 kilometer downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures. REUTERS NEWS PICTURES.

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Cyclists hang to the back of a truck outside the capital Bujumbura, as the country awaits next week’s presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 45 kilometer downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip. 

Mozabite Berbers salvage their belongings at a damaged house after clashes between Arabs and Mozabits in Guerrara near Ghardaia, Algeria July 9, 2015. At least 22 people have been killed in ethnic clashes between Arab and Amazigh communities around the Algerian desert town of Ghardaia, with several businesses and homes burned down, medical sources and state media said on Wednesday. The violence that erupted over the weekend was some of the worst in years in the flashpoint region where tensions often run high between Arabs and Mozabite Berbers - one of the Amazigh people of North Africa - competing for jobs, houses and land

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Mozabite Berbers salvage their belongings at a damaged house after clashes between Arabs and Mozabits in Guerrara near Ghardaia, Algeria on Thursday

Kenyan anti-gay activists led by church leaders and mempers of parliament shout slogans in front of the Supreme Court during an anti-gay demonstation in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 06 July 2015. Some 50 activists marched the streets chanting 'We don't want Obama and Obama. We want Obama and Michelle'. The demonstration comes weeks before the arrival in the country of US President Barack Obama, whose country's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Activists vowed to hold another demonstration in Nairobi during Obama's visit. Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto said on 05 July that Kenya has no place for homosexuals and it will not tolerate gay practices.

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Kenyan anti-gay activists led by church leaders and mempers of parliament shout slogans in front of the Supreme Court during an anti-gay demonstation in downtown Nairobi, Kenya on Monday

A relative sits on the floor as she grieves on Thursday next to a family portrait and the body of one of the victims of the unrest that rocked the neighbourhood of Mutakura in Bujumbura the day before, where at least six people were killed during clashes with police

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A relative sits on the floor as she grieves on Thursday next to a family portrait and the body of one of the victims of the unrest that rocked the neighbourhood of Mutakura in Bujumbura the day before, where at least six people were killed during clashes with police

Police officers control the crowd while surrounding a man suspected to be involved in opening fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse...Police officers control the crowd (rear) while surrounding a man (front C) suspected to be involved in opening fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as a woman reacts(R), June 26, 2015. At least 27 people, including foreign tourists, were killed when at least one gunman opened fire on a Tunisian beachside hotel in the popular resort of Sousse on Friday, an interior ministry spokesman said. Police were still clearing the area around the Imperial Marhaba hotel and the body of one gunman lay at the scene with a Kalashnikov assault rifle after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire, a security source at the scene said. REUTERS/Amine Ben Aziza   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Police officers control the crowd while surrounding a man suspected to be involved in opening fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. At least 27 people, including foreign tourists, were killed when at least one gunman opened fire on a Tunisian beachside hotel in the popular resort of Sousse on Friday, an interior ministry spokesman said 

A freighter lies off the coast at sunrise in Algiers, Algeria June 25, 2015.

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A freighter lies off the coast at sunrise in Algiers, Algeria on Thursday

Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane, some 40 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on June 10, 2015. 354 migrants were rescued from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said

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Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane, some 40 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia’s coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on Wednesday

Youth of Today in Sudan

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A group of young men use a selfie stick to take a picture of themselves in shallow waters known as the first cataract of the River Nile outside Khartoum, Sudan.

Below – children at Fortunata pre-school in Nyarugusu refugee camp, Tanzania. Before the IRC’s EU Children of Peace project helped to rebuild 12 new classrooms, these children were being taught under trees or crowded into dilapidated classrooms. Now they can learn to read, write and count in a safe environment. Photos and video of refugee children, parents and teachers affected by conflict in Niger and Tanzania will be displayed at the Inigo room at Somerset House from Saturday 6 – Sunday 14 June. Credit: Peter Biro/International Rescue Committee

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Children at Fortunata pre-school in The Nyarugusu refugee camp, Tanzania. The International Rescue Committee EU Children of Peace project helped to rebuild 12 new classrooms. Now children can learn to read, write and count in a safe environment. An exhibition of photos and videos showing those affected by the conflict in Niger and Tanzania will be exhibited at Somerset house in London from Saturday

A Burundian protester reacts in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 03 June 2015. The government of Burundi said it will consider the postponement of upcoming elections, following a request made by East African Community leaders during a regional summit held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 31 May. Protesters, saying that they were disappointed that the East African leaders didn't ask President Pierre Nkurunziza to give up his bid for a third term, resumed their citywide protests on 02 June.

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A Burundian protester reacts in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi on Wednesday

A woman passes by policemen during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, June 2, 2015

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A woman passes by policemen during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi on Tuesday

Nigerien soldiers  patrol in Bosso

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Nigerien soldiers patrol in Bosso, near the Nigerian border. Niger has extended for three months the state of emergency in its southeastern Diffa region where the army has been battling Boko Haram militants since February.

Protesters gesture during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura

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Protesters gesture during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Tuesday

French soldiers, part of Operation Sangaris, patrols Bangui la Coquette at "PK0" of the capital

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French soldiers, part of Operation Sangaris, patrols Bangui la Coquette at “PK0″ of the capital

A pickup truck moves off after loading unemployed builders and painters from South Africa and Zimbabwe from a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday

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A pickup truck moves off after loading unemployed builders and painters from South Africa and Zimbabwe from a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday