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A woman with a sticker on her head bearing the slogan "Bring back our girls" marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago.

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A woman with a sticker on her head bearing the slogan “Bring back our girls” marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on Thursday, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls’ release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram

People angered by an attack on a church ...People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui hold a sign (L) reading "No! To Burundian MISCA" as they protest near a barricade of burning tyres in the Bea-Rex district of Bangui on May 29, 2014. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on May 28 in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, a military source said. Deeply impoverished Central Africa has been in crisis since the Seleka alliance seized power in a March 2013 coup led by Michael Djotodia. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

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People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui, the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, take part in a protest. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on Wednesday, a military source said 

Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on Wednesday, May 28,  2014. Several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in SpainÌs North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police. During the pre-dawn border storming Wednesday, cries of pain and noises of people being hit could be heard as police from both sides tried to prevent dozens of the sub-Saharan migrants from entering the city from Morocco. (

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Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on Wednesday. Several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police 

Protesters carry a man who was shot by French soldiers after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari

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An injured man is carried by protesters who were shot at by French soldiers as they blocked a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, on Thursday

A group of migrants from Somalia that survived from an accident in the Aegean Sea last week, arrive at the port of Piraeus in Athens on May 12, 2014. At least 22 migrants including four children drowned in the Aegean Sea on May 5, 2014 after a yacht and a dinghy carrying them towards Greek shores capsized. Eighteen people were found dead on board the 10-metre (33-foot) yacht after it was towed to shore, the coastguard said, adding that another four bodies were recovered at sea.

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A group of migrants from Somalia that survived an accident in the Aegean Sea last week, arrive at the port of Piraeus in Athens on Monday

Some of the hundreds of protests demonstrate outside the Nigeria Consulate to bring attention to the girls abducted in Nigeria, Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 May 2014.  The march by both South African and Nigeria women is to raise awareness for the 276 girls abducted from their school last month by the terror group Boko Haram. None of the girls have been found to date.

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Protestors demonstrate in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to bring attention to the more than 200 girls abducted in Nigeria.

Women and children prepare to flee with their belongings following incidents of sectarian insecurity close to the town of Grimari May 7, 2014. Inter-communal violence has gripped the former French colony since late 2012 when a struggle power degenerated into fighting between Muslims and Christian militias.

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Women and children prepare to flee with their belongings following incidents of sectarian violence close to the town of Grimari on Wednesday in the Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed its barbed wire border fences in the North African enclave of Melilla, and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory. The migrants charged the fences in two waves, with 500 arriving in the early hours and another 200 later Thursday morning. Spain and Morocco stepped up border vigilance in Feb. when 15 migrants drowned trying to enter Spain's other north African coastal enclave, Ceuta.

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Migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed the barbed wire border fences and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory.

  A sick girl rests on the lap of her mother as another woman (top L) washes her baby by the side of the road during a break from their journey towards Chad's border escorted by African Union operation in CAR (MISCA) a few kilometres after the northern town of Kaga Bandoro April 29, 2014. All the remaining Muslims that have been sheltered from sectarian violence in the neighbourhood of PK12 in Bangui, over one thousand have been evacuated towards the northern town of Kabo and Sido on the border with Chad.  REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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A sick girl rests on the lap of her mother, as another woman washes her baby, by the side of the road during a break from their journey to Chad’s border, escorted by members of the African Union operation in CAR (MISCA), a few kilometres from the northern town of Kaga Bandoro. 

Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) holds signs as they gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on April 28, 2014. South Africa celebrated on the eve the 20th anniversary of its first ever all-race, democratic election that ended decades of sanctioned racial oppression under the apartheid system. This year's anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa's fifth democratic election on May 7 where voters will cast ballots in a fiercely fought contest.

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Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on Monday. This year’s anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa’s fifth democratic election on May 7, when voters will cast their ballots in a fiercely fought contest

An internally displaced Muslim boy looks out of a house in the town of Boda April 15, 2014.

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An internally displaced Muslim boy looks out of a house in the town of Boda in the Central African Republic

Students stand in line to cast their votes during the election of the Children's Parliament in Sanaa April 14, 2014. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election to vote for their candidates who will represent them in the Yemeni Children s Parliament, state news agency Saba reported.

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Students queue to cast their votes during the election for the Children’s Parliament in Sana’a. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election for representatives in the Yemeni Children’s Parliament.

Students take notes during an English language class at the Juba Nabari Primary School, in Juba on April 9, 2014. Recent conflict in the country has made resources scarce, many civil servants, including teachers, have not received their pay for several months.

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Students take notes during an English language class at the Juba Nabari Primary School, in Juba on Wednesday. Recent conflict in South Sudan has made resources scarce, with many civil servants, including teachers, not receiving their pay for several months.

Performers re-enacting some of the events enter a public ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, at Amahoro stadium in Kigali, Rwanda Monday, April 7, 2014. Sorrowful wails and uncontrollable sobs resounded Monday as thousands of Rwandans packed the country's main sports stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of a devastating 100-day genocide.

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Performers mark the 20th anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide at a ceremony in Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda.

A fisherman carries a swordfish on his head from the Indian Ocean waters to the market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 31, 2014.

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A fisherman carries a swordfish on his head from the Indian Ocean to the market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday.

Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Friday March 28, 2014. Officials said several hundred African migrants tried to cross barbed-wire border fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco but most were turned back by security forces from both sides. An Interior Ministry spokesman in Melilla said the migrants attempted to scale the fences several times early Friday and a handful managed to get across. Thousands of migrants seeking a better life in Europe are living illegally in Morocco, hoping they can enter Melilla and Spain's other north African coastal enclave, Ceuta. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

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Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Officials said several hundred African migrants tried to cross barbed-wire border fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco but most were turned back by security forces from both sides. An Interior Ministry spokesman in Melilla said the migrants attempted to scale the fences several times early Friday and a handful managed to get across. 

Nawal Farhat, 62-year-old, poses in her home at the El'Arafa necropolis, a cemetery located in the City of the Dead, in Cairo...Nawal Farhat, 62-year-old, poses in her home at the El'Arafa necropolis, a cemetery located in the City of the Dead, in Cairo March 25, 2014. People live and work amongst the dead in the 4-mile-long cemetery, which consists of tombs and mausoleums. While some reside in the area to be closer to their ancient heritage, others were forced to reside here from central Cairo due to increased urbanization since the 1950s, or for work opportunities. The poorest live in a slum area in the City of the Dead. REUTERS

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Nawal Farhat, 62, in her home at the El’Arafa necropolis, a cemetery in the City of the Dead, in Cairo. People live and work among the dead in the four-mile-long cemetery, which consists of tombs and mausoleums. While some reside in the area to be closer to their ancient heritage, others were forced to reside here from central Cairo due to increased urbanization since the 1950s, or for work opportunities. The poorest live in a slum area in the City of the Dead.

A man walks on a sand dune with his camels in Mhamid el-Ghizlane, in the Moroccan southern Sahara desert.

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A man walks with his camels in M’hamid el-Ghizlane, in the Moroccan southern Sahara desert.

Chadian soldiers march during Flintlock 2014, a US-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, Niger.

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Chadian soldiers march during Flintlock 2014, a US-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, Niger

A handout picture released by the United...A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) shows Fatima Abdala, from Barakutili, South Darfur, resting in her small shelter in the Kalma camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP) on March 9, 2014. Violence has spread in Sudan's Darfur region, international peacekeepers said yesterday, reporting a town looted and thousands more displaced on top of an estimated 40,000 who had fled their homes in South Darfur escaping unrest linked to what an analyst described as a type of mercenary force. AFP PHOTO/UNAMID/ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNAMID/ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Fatima Abdala, from Barakutili, South Darfur, rests in her small shelter in the Kalma camp for Internally Displaced People. Violence has spread in the Darfur region in Sudan, international peacekeepers said yesterday, reporting a town looted and thousands more displaced on top of an estimated 40,000 who had fled their homes in South Darfur escaping unrest linked to what an analyst described as a type of mercenary force.