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  FOR ALL PICTURES SEARCH 'PENNEY SNIM' FOR ALL IMAGES PXP01-PXP33  Mauritania's SNIM iron ore mining company aims to produce 13 million tonnes in 2014, around the same level as last year, the majority state-owned firm said. SNIM mines black iron ore in the northern town of Zouerate, a remote desert location which nevertheless attracts people from all over the country looking for work. SNIM employees proudly call their firm the lung of their nation's economy and the train that ferries the ore to the coast stretches some two kilometres, making it one of the world's longest. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MAURITANIA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT

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Mauritania’s SNIM iron ore mining company mines black iron ore in the northern town of Zouerate, a remote desert location that attracts people from all over the country looking for work. The train that ferries the ore to the coast stretches about 2 km.

TOPSHOTS TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Reuben ...TOPSHOTS TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Reuben KYAMA, Thomas MORFIN A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi on July 28, 2014, reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. Kenya takes pride in being a union of "42 tribes", but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics.  "There has been a surge of dangerous speech," said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi's sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi. A string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics. Reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. “There has been a surge of dangerous speech,” said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi’s sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. Read more

Boys play with their toy guns after attending Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

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Boys play with their toy guns after attending Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on July 16, 2014. Israel urged 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes on July 16, but the warning was largely ignored despite an intensification of the military's nine-day campaign after Hamas snubbed a ceasefire effort.

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People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on Wednesday

Cargo plane crashes in Kenya, all four occupants killed

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Police officers inspect the scene of a plane crash in a suburb of Nairobi, capital of Kenya. All four occupants of the aircraft were killed when it crashed into two office buildings in the Utawala district.

A striking worker wears a tyre around his neck as thousands of workers clad in red demonstrate on the first day of a nationwide strike called by South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) in Johannesburg Central Business District on July 1, 2014. Nearly a quarter of a million members of South Africa's largest union downed tools on July 1, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt. The strike is expected to hit more than 10,000 metals and engineering firms that account for about four percent of South African economic output, according to economists at Citigroup.

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A striking worker wears a tyre around his neck as thousands of workers clad in red demonstrate on the first day of a nationwide strike called by South Africa’s National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) in Johannesburg Central Business District

Algerian soccer fans celebrate after their team qualified for the World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Algeria drew with Russia 1-1, and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in their World Cup history. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

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Algerian soccer fans celebrate after their team qualified for the World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, late on Thursday. Algeria drew with Russia 1-1, and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in their World Cup history Read more

African refugees live homelessly at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sana'a, Yemen, 20 June 2014. The number of African refugees who have come to Yemen during the past few years has reached 750,000, most of them are Somalis. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year.

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Homeless African refugees gather at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sanaa, Yemen

A South African woman and a child sit at a vacant land, following the mass eviction of two weeks ago, in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 June 2014. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) who own the land would be responsible for rebuilding the 849 homes destroyed in the evictions. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is probing the evictions due to the excessive use of force by police and the inhumane nature in which it was carried out. The families were evicted in the midst of a severe storm in the middle of winter with no alternate shelter being provided. They have now been told they can move back onto the land but are afraid to do so in case of further evictions. There have been numerous evictions across the country in the wake of the general elections with housing and the lack of it being one of the major issues facing the new government.

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A woman and a child sit at a vacant land in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, following a mass eviction two weeks ago

Residents chant slogans as they participate in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni...Residents chant slogans as they participate in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by "local political networks", dismissing claims by Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

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Residents chant slogans as they take part in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by ‘local political networks’, dismissing claims by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults Read more