Africa

South Africa miners strike ...epa04975918 Protesters chant slogans during a protest to show their support to fellow miners who filed a lawsuit against mining companies, Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 October 2015. High Court in Johannesburg will begin on 13 October hearing in a lawsuit filed by 56 former mine workers who say they suffered silicosis, a lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica dust, due to their work at gold mines.

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Protesters chant slogans during a protest to show their support to fellow miners who filed a lawsuit against mining companies in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. The High Court in Johannesburg will begin hearing a lawsuit filed by 56 former mine workers who say they suffered silicosis

A soldier from the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force stands guard at the site where a cargo plane carrying supplies for AU troops crash-landed outside Somalia's capital, on Tuesday at Abirska, some 18 kilometres outside Somalian capital, Mogadishu. The officials said the Egyptian-owned transport plane went down after making several unsuccessful passes over the seafront airport. Two of the six crew members suffered light injuries in the crash, the officials said, but added that the plane and those on board were safe having landed in an area controlled by the Somali government and the African Union's AMISOM force

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A soldier from the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force stands guard at the site where a cargo plane carrying supplies for AU troops crash-landed outside Somalia’s capital, on Tuesday at Abirska, some 18 kilometres outside Somalian capital, Mogadishu

COSATU march to parliament...epa04967149 Protesters chant slogans and sing during a Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 07 October 2015. Members of COSATU nationwide have embarked on a national strike. COSATU Provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the march aimed to put pressure on the government to halt retrenchments, immediate implementation of an efficient and reliable public transport system and for aboloshing e-tolls

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Protesters chant slogans and sing during a Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa

An anti-corruption activist shouts political slogans on Wednesday in Pretoria, as thousands of protesters march to the Union Buildings, during a demonstration against corruption organized by various South African unions and political and civil societies

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An anti-corruption activist shouts political slogans on Wednesday in Pretoria, as thousands of protesters march to the Union Buildings, during a demonstration against corruption organized by various South African unions and political and civil societies

A picture taken from an airplane on Sept...A picture taken from an airplane on September 30, 2015 shows a section of the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the Nile River

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Cairo taken from an airplane on Wednesday shows a section of the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the Nile River

 A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa,  29 September 2015. According to local reports the protest was sparked by the court appearance 29 September of some residents arrested in connection with vigilante killings. The area has been volatile for weeks with community members angered at the lack of policing in the impoverished area. Two weeks ago suspected criminals were killed by a mob accused of being behind the death and rape of 15 year old Amani Pula

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A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday

Eight month old Kajy Marcelline lies on the floor at his home in Amboasary,  Madagascar. Severe food and nutrition crisis is effecting southern Madagascar with up to 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five, effected. Chronic malnutrition, also termed stunting, increases child mortality, hinders brain development, school performance, and future earnings. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world

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Eight month old Kajy Marcelline lies on the floor at his home in Amboasary, Madagascar. A severe food and nutrition crisis has hit southern Madagascar with up to 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five, affected

A protester raises his fist in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 18, 2015. Security forces in the capital of Burkina Faso fired in the air on Friday to disperse demonstrators who burned tyres and blocked neighborhood streets to protest at a military coup this week that derailed a democratic transition. The head of a military junta in Burkina Faso which took power on Thursday has freed interim President Michel Kafando and two of his ministers, state television said on Friday

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A protester raises his fist in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Friday, as demonstrators burned tyres and blocked neighborhood streets to protest at a military coup that derailed the democratic transition

Herds of wildebeest cross the river in Masai Mara on Friday. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the crossing from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze during the migration

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Herds of wildebeest cross the river in Masai Mara on Friday. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the crossing from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze during the migration

Wildebeests and zebras at a river in Masai Mara on Wednesday. Every year, hundreds of thousands wildebeests migrate from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze

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Wildebeests and zebras at a river in Masai Mara on Wednesday. Every year, hundreds of thousands wildebeests migrate from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze

A Maasai woman in traditional clothing celebrates as she welcomes the national athletics team at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on Monday, after they topped the medals table at the recently concluded 15th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China

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A Maasai woman in traditional clothing celebrates as she welcomes the national athletics team at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on Tuesday, after they topped the medals table at the recently concluded 15th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China

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