Africa

Libyans take part in celebrations markin...Libyans take part in celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of the Libyan revolution, which toppled strongman Moamer Kadhafi, at Martyrs' Square in the capital Tripoli, on February 17, 2016. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIAMAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images

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Libyans take part in celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of the Libyan revolution, which toppled strongman Muammer Gaddafi, at Martyrs’ Square in the capital Tripoli 

A woman sits against a wall plastered with campaign posters for opposition leader Kizza Besigye, as well as for local members of Parliament, in a poor market area of the capital Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. On the eve of presidential elections, a heavy police and military presence could be seen in the capital Kampala. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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A woman sits against a wall plastered with campaign posters for opposition leader Kizza Besigye, as well as for local members of Parliament, in Kampala, Uganda. On the eve of presidential elections, a heavy police and military presence could be seen in the capital Kampala 

A Angolan military administers a yellow fever vaccine to a child at 'Quilometro 30' market, Luanda, Angola

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A Angolan military administers a yellow fever vaccine to a child at ‘Quilometro 30′ market, Luanda, Angola

Supporters of leading opposition leader and presidential candidate Kizza Besigye cower in a shop doorway after riot police fired tear gas at them and Besigye when they attempted to walk along a street in downtown Kampala, Uganda

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Supporters of leading opposition leader and presidential candidate Kizza Besigye cower in a shop doorway after riot police fired tear gas at them and Besigye when they attempted to walk along a street in downtown Kampala, Uganda

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Thousands of South African opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) supporters, wait outside the constitutional court where judges heard a case over public money spent on President Jacob Zuma’s private house, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Libyan oil workers try to extinguish fla...Libyan oil workers try to extinguish flames at an oil facility in northern Libya's Ras Lanouf region after it was set ablaze following fresh attacks launched by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to seize key port terminals, on January 21, 2016.  Fighting broke out at dawn in the Ras Lanouf region, which along with the nearby Al-Sidra facility is one of the country's main oil export hubs, said the National Oil Corporation (NOC).  / AFP / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

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Libyan oil workers try to extinguish flames at an oil facility in northern Libya‘s Ras Lanouf region after it was set ablaze following fresh attacks launched by Islamic State 

Members of the Somali military parade after attending a commando training exercise at the United Arab Emirates military training camp in Mogadishu...Members of the Somali military parade after attending a commando training exercise at the United Arab Emirates military training camp in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia January 20, 2016.

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Members of the Somali military parade after attending a commando training exercise at the United Arab Emirates military training camp in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia

Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar...Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016.  "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

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Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia on wednesday

A fire fighting helicopter battles a blaze on the mountains above Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa on Monday.  Gale force South Easterly winds have been fanning several fires in the Cape making firefighting extremely difficult. The latest blaze ripped through the mountains above Scarborough and Misty cliffs as it moved towards Kommetjie narrowly missing the residential areas. Two hundred firefighters with 25 vehicles and five helicopters are on the scene fighting the blaze.

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A fire fighting helicopter battles a blaze on the mountains above Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa on Monday. Gale force South Easterly winds have been fanning several fires in the Cape making firefighting extremely difficult

Some of the thousands of people marching against South African President Jacob Zuma after President Zuma fired two finance ministers in the space of last week, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday. Thousands of South Africans took to the streets 16 December to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, whose reputation has been tarnished by a string of scandals. A social media inspired movement called #Zumamustfall sparked several marches across the country on 16 December, a national holiday. The next #zumamustfall march is planned for 01 February 2016. Rallies were also staged in Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth

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Some of the thousands of people marching against South African President Jacob Zuma after President Zuma fired two finance ministers in the space of a week, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday. Thousands of South Africans took to the streets to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma

"Oui" (Yes) is seen written on the walls of a polling station, where a soldier of the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA contingent is on guard on December 14, 2015. Another two people died overnight in the Central African Republic capital Bangui, the Red Cross said on December 14, bringing the death toll from unrest sparked by a constitutional referendum to five. Clashes involving rocket launchers and machine guns disrupted the polling on December 13 in the Muslim-majority PK-5 district of Bangui. The vote is seen as a test run for presidential and parliamentary elections due to take place December 27 to end more than two years of conflict between the Muslim and Christian militias.

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“Oui” (Yes) is seen written on the walls of a polling station, where a soldier of the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA contingent is on guard on Monday

Young Moroccans pray for rain, Marrakesh, Morocco, 11 December 2015. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, called on the faithful to pray for rain in the Kingdom, which is suffering from a severe drought as a result of the depletion of the water table and is severly affecting agriculture in the country, forcing people to move to cities in search of work

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Young Moroccans pray for rain, Marrakesh, Morocco, on Friday. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, called on the faithful to pray for rain in the Kingdom, which is suffering from a severe drought as a result of the depletion of the water table and is severly affecting agriculture in the country

Senegalese soldiers from MINUSCA (United Nations Mission in Central African Republic) patrol in the area where sporadic gunfire and improvised barricades closed the access to some district of Bangui on December 10, 2015.  Gunfire erupted on December 8, 2015 in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, where protesters erected barricades after an announcement that ex-president Francois Bozize was barred from running for election. A French embassy text message sent to citizens said there were "barricades and gunfire" in several districts and advised French citizens "to avoid these areas".

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Senegalese soldiers from MINUSCA (United Nations Mission in Central African Republic) patrol in the area where sporadic gunfire and improvised barricades closed the access to some district of Bangui on Thursday

Shepherds rest next to their herds of longhorned zebus at a public, riverside abattoir in the Muslim PK5 district in Bangui on Friday.  The animals, which are ritually slaughtered according to the precepts of Islam, produce the meat that provides for the needs of the enclaved muslim population

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Shepherds rest next to their herds of longhorned zebus at a public, riverside abattoir in the Muslim PK5 district in Bangui on Friday. The animals, which are ritually slaughtered according to the precepts of Islam, produce the meat that provides for the needs of the enclaved muslim population

A Muslims man writes out verses from the Koran on a wooden tablet to be used at a local Madrassa while sitting at a camp for displaced persons hosted at the Central Mosque in Bangui on Thursday

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A Muslims man writes out verses from the Koran on a wooden tablet to be used at a local Madrassa while sitting at a camp for displaced persons hosted at the Central Mosque in Bangui on Thursday

People celebrate after the victory of Burkina Faso's newly elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore at the party's MPP headquarters in Ouagadougou on December 1, 2015.  Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won Burkina Faso's presidential election, official results showed, after a year of turmoil that saw the west African country's former leader deposed and the military try to seize powee. Kabore won 53.49 percent of ballots in Sunday's poll, winning victory in the first round of a vote to restore stability after a popular revolt toppled longtime leader Blaise Compaore just over a year go.

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People celebrate after the victory of Burkina Faso’s newly elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore at the party’s MPP headquarters in Ouagadougou

Chinese President Xi Jinping, centre, and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, centre right,  watch a performance by Zimbabwean traditional dancers upon his arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Dec. 1. 2015. Jinping is in Zimbabwe for a two day State visit during which he is set to sign some bilateral agreements aimed at strengthening relationships between the two countries

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, watch a performance by Zimbabwean traditional dancers upon his arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday

Police patrols outside as Pope Francis celebrates mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

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Police patrols outside as Pope Francis celebrates mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday

Children gasp as they watch a Kenyan Police helicopter fly overhead, while awaiting for the arrival of Pope Francis at the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Pope Francis is in Kenya on his first-ever trip to Africa, a six-day pilgrimage that will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic.

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Children gasp as they watch a Kenyan Police helicopter fly overhead, while awaiting for the arrival of Pope Francis at the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya on Friday

Children play with the wreckage of a light plane at the Mpoko Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Bangui on Thursday, ahead of a historical visit by the pope. Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on November 26 with huge crowds calling heavy rains "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital. The 78-year-old pontiff, the third pope to visit the continent, is also scheduled to visit Uganda and the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip.

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Children play with the wreckage of a light plane at the Mpoko Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Bangui on Thursday, ahead of a historical visit by the pope