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A woman takes part in a rally to protest against violence towards women, on November 17, 2014 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Some 200 women gathered to rally in support of a woman who was attacked and stripped last week by a mob at a bus stop,  in an incident that was captured on video and went viral online. She was accused of "tempting" men because of her clothing.

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A woman takes part in a rally in Narobi, Kenya, to protest against violence towards women. About 200 women gathered to rally in support of a woman who was attacked and stripped last week by a mob at a bus stop, in an incident that was captured on video and went viral online

A boy from Burkina Faso cycles past burned vehicles damaged during violent demonstrations by pro democracy protesters that led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 03 November 2014. President Blaise Compaore resigned on 31 October 2014 following the violent protests against his bid to change the constitution to extend his rule of 27 years. After a brief claim to power by army General Honore Traore a power struggle ensued with Presidential guard commander Lieutenat-Colonel Isaac Zide being appointed as transitional leader. Thousands of protesters took to the Place de la Nation on 02 November in protest against the military rule.

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The remnants of cars burned during violent demonstrations by pro-democracy protesters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The protests led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.

Shack fire in Masiphumelele...epa04474260 South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 03 November 2014. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. Residents complain of poor access roads for emergency personel who have difficulty getting fire and rescue support to the areas quickly. Inadequate housing and the growing number of informal settlements is one of the major issues facing the government.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. 

People celebrate the departure of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou...People celebrate the departure of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 31, 2014. General Honore Traore, the head of Burkina Faso's armed forces, took power on Friday after Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country. REUTERS/Joe Penney (BURKINA FASO - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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People celebrate the departure of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. General Honore Traore, the head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces, took power on Friday after Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country. 

Ivorian schoolchildren wait in line to wash their hands in a primary school in Bouake. The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean health worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease.

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Ivorian schoolchildren wait in line to wash their hands in a primary school in Bouake. The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean health worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease

Residents queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Serewe on October 24, 2014 for the Botswana general elections. Voters went to the polls in Botswana's general elections on October 24, with the ruling party facing an unprecedented test against an invigorated opposition in one of Africa's most stable democracies.

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Residents queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Serewe on Friday for the Botswana general elections

African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories, between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla October 22, 2014. Around 400 migrants attempted to cross the border into Spain, according to local media.

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African migrants sit on top of a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories, between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla on Wednesday

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 October 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in February 2013.

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At the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to a maximum five-year term in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

Members of Kenya's provincial administration salute during Mashujaa Day (Hero's Day) celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, October 20, 2014. The national holiday commemorates those who had taken part in the country's struggle for liberation.

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Members of Kenya’s provincial administration salute during Mashujaa Day (Hero’s Day) celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Monday. The national holiday commemorates those who had taken part in the country’s struggle for liberation.

A Mozambican woman look out of her window as Mozambican Opposition Party, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) spokesperson Antonio Muchanga, gives a press conference at the Party National Headquarters on October 16, 2014  in Maputo Mozambique's main opposition party Renamo claimed victory in the country's election, rejecting official tallies that showed the ruling Frelimo party on path for a landslide victory. With nearly a quarter of the polling stations reporting, Frelimo's candidate, former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, looked set to become the country's new president, having garnered 63 percent of the vote.

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A Mozambican woman look out of her window as Mozambican Opposition Party, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) spokesperson Antonio Muchanga, gives a press conference at the Party National Headquarters on Thursday in Maputo

Health workers at Doctors Without Borders (MSF), work in the high-risk area of the ELWA 3 Ebola treatment center on October 16, 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. The World Health Organization says that more than 4,500 people have died due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with a mortality rate for the disease at about 70 percent.

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Health workers at Doctors Without Borders (MSF), work in the high-risk area of the ELWA 3 Ebola treatment centre on Thursday in Paynesville, Liberia

A Spanish Civil Guard pulls an African migrant from a border fence, as Spanish Civil Guard officers stand underneath, during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories, between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla.

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A Spanish Civil Guard pulls an African migrant from a border fence, as Spanish Civil Guard officers stand underneath, during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories, between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla.

Girls carry bags of plastic items and tins as rubbish pickers sift through garbage at the Maputo municipal garbage dumping site in Maputo on October 14, 2014. Mozambique's upstart opposition vowed to take on the two traditional political heavyweights by offering a non-violent alternative in polls taking place on October 15 after a low-level conflict.

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Girls carry bags of plastic items and tins as rubbish pickers sift through garbage at the Maputo municipal garbage dumping site in Maputo on Tuesday

Women faint (Bottom) as another reacts while volunteers (unseen) take away from a nearby house the body of a woman who died of Ebola, in Waterloo, some 30 kilometers southeast of Freetown, on October 7, 2014. Dozens of British military personnel are due to fly to Sierra Leone next week to help build medical facilities to combat the Ebola epidemic, the defence ministry said on October 7.  AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEURFLORIAN PLAUCHEUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Women faint while volunteers (unseen) remove the body of a female Ebola victim from a nearby house in Waterloo, some 30km southeast of Freetown. Dozens of British military personnel are to fly to Sierra Leone next week to help build medical facilities to combat the epidemic 

A young girl suspected to be infected by Ebola has been moved to quarantine in a hospital in Foredugu. Ebola may only be present in a few African nations, but fears over the crippling outbreak are infecting economies across the continent and may put its envy-inducing growth prospects at risk.

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A young girl waits at a hospital in Foredugu, where patients suffering from Ebola are being treated. Ebola may only be present in a few African nations, but fears over the crippling outbreak are infecting economies across the continent

A man walks in front of doors in a wall of Rabat's Medina...A man walks in front of doors in a wall of Rabat's Medina September 23, 2014. UNESCO made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a "must-see destination." But it seems the tourist hordes have yet to find out. While visitors are getting squeezed through the better-known sites of Marrakesh and Fez, the old part of Rabat - with its beautiful Medina and Kasbah of the Udayas - remains an almost unspoiled oasis of calm. Smaller and more compact, its labyrinths of streets, passages and dead ends are a treasure trove of shapes and colours, of moments begging to be caught by the photographer's lens. Picture taken September 23, 2014.    REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (MOROCCO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 05 OF 24 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'RABAT'S TREASURE TROVE OF COLOURS'  TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'RABAT DAMIR'

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A man walks in front of a door in Rabat’s Medina. Unesco made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a “must-see destination”. But it seems the tourist hordes have yet to discover its charms. While visitors squeeze through the better-known sites of Marrakesh and Fez, the old part of Rabat – with its beautiful Medina and Kasbah of the Udayas – remains an almost unspoilt oasis of calm. Smaller and more compact, its labyrinths of streets, passages and dead ends are a treasure trove of shapes and colours, moments begging to be caught by the photographer’s lens. 

A Turkana boy stands inside a hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle...A Turkana boy stands inside a hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle September 25, 2014. The Ilemi Triangle is a disputed region in East Africa, claimed by South Sudan and Kenya, bordering also Ethiopia. The dispute arose from unclear wording of a 1914 treaty which tried to allow free movement of the Turkana people, nomadic herders who had traditionally grazed the area.  Picture taken on September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A Turkana boy stands inside a hut in Napak village in northwestern Kenya inside the Turkana region of the Ilemy Triangle. The Ilemi Triangle is a disputed region in East Africa, claimed by South Sudan and Kenya, bordering also Ethiopia. The dispute arose from unclear wording of a 1914 treaty which tried to allow free movement of the Turkana people, nomadic herders who had traditionally grazed the area.

Oscar Pistorius Is Convicted Of Culpable Homicide Of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13. 

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria...Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 11, 2014. A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star intended to kill his girlfriend or an imagined intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

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Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa’s judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges on Thursday and will await the verdict on culpable homicide

Visual artists gather during a rally against the Ebola virus which has been effecting neighboring countries on September 4, 2014, in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast.  Eight experimental treatments and two vaccines for Ebola were on the table September 4, as 200 health experts met to discuss how to end the world's worst-ever outbreak of the killer virus. No fully tested and approved treatments or vaccines exist for Ebola, which has killed more than 1,900 people in west Africa since the beginning of the year. The epidemic is most prominent in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. There are no known cases of Ebola in neighboring Ivory Coast.

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Visual artists gather during a rally against the Ebola virus which has been effecting neighboring countries on Thursday, in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast