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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

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. 

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

A Burundian protester reacts in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 03 June 2015. The government of Burundi said it will consider the postponement of upcoming elections, following a request made by East African Community leaders during a regional summit held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 31 May. Protesters, saying that they were disappointed that the East African leaders didn't ask President Pierre Nkurunziza to give up his bid for a third term, resumed their citywide protests on 02 June.

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A Burundian protester reacts in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi on Wednesday

A woman passes by policemen during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, June 2, 2015

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A woman passes by policemen during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi on Tuesday

Protesters gesture during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura

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Protesters gesture during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Tuesday

Protesters show bullet casings during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi on Tuesday

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Protesters show bullet casings during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi on Tuesday

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Protestors raise their hands during a demonstration in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura on Monday

Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15, 2015. Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday and President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital, his spokesman said, but protesters pledged to go back to the streets, setting the stage for more clashes.

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Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday and President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital

A detained protester cries in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi May 13, 2015.

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A detained protester cries in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi 

A man gestures as he celebrates in Bujumbura, Burundi.  Crowds poured onto the streets of Burundi's capital on Wednesday to celebrate after a general said he was dismissing President Pierre Nkurunziza for violating the constitution by seeking a third term in office

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A man gestures as he celebrates in Bujumbura, Burundi. Crowds poured onto the streets of Burundi’s capital on Wednesday to celebrate after a general said he was dismissing President Pierre Nkurunziza for violating the constitution by seeking a third term in office

A policeman tries to protect a female police officer accused of shooting a protestor in the Buterere neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 12, 2015. Protestors opposed to the president's decision to run for a third term chased, beat and stoned the woman, who was later handed back to the police

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A policeman tries to protect a female police officer accused of shooting a protestor in the Buterere neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi on tuesday. Protestors opposed to the president’s decision to run for a third term chased, beat and stoned the woman, who was later handed back to the police

A police officer with a bag depicted the image of US President Barack Obama, stands on patrol as protesters march through the Musaga district of Bujumbura, in Burundi, Monday, May 11, 2015.  Police and army negotiated with over 2000 protesters to allow delivery trucks to enter the city. One person was killed in a clash with Burundi's police on Sunday in demonstrations in the capital, Bujumbura, as the government ordered a ban on any further street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in power.

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A police officer with a bag depicted the image of US President Barack Obama, stands on patrol as protesters march through the Musaga district of Bujumbura, in Burundi, Monday

Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party's Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he emerged from hiding in a sewer in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015.  Niyonzima fled from his house into a sewer under a hail of stones thrown by a mob protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.  At least one protestor has died in clashes with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge.  Jean Claude Niyonzima managed to flee from his house under a hail of stones into a covered sewer, where he remained till the army fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd

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Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party’s Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he emerged from hiding in a sewer in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi on Thursday

Demonstrators seem to be dressed as trees as they walk to a barricade in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015.  On Tuesday some protesters made hats out of branches, which seems to have progressed on Wednesday to this more elaborate millinery style adopted by some protesters, without any explanation for the fashion. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated  President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office

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Demonstrators seem to be dressed as trees as they walk to a barricade in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, on Wednesday

A man poses with a wooden rifle in the Musaga neighbourhood in Bujumbura, Burundi on May 5, 2015. Burundi, where a 13-year civil war between Tutsis and Hutus ended only in 2006, has been rocked by violent protests since the ruling party designated President Pierre Nkurunziza to run in elections for a third term, in apparent defiance of the constitution and the Arusha accords which ended the war.

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A man poses with a wooden rifle in the Musaga neighbourhood in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Tuesday

Protesters carry a dead crow as they chant anti-government slogans during demonstrations against the ruling CNDD-FDD party's decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in Bujumbura, Burundi on Thursday. A senior U.S. diplomat told Burundi's President, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Thursday that the east African country risks boiling over if it stifles political opposition, as protests against the president entered a fifth day. Tom Malinowski, U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, arrived in Burundi on Wednesday to try to help halt escalating unrest and defuse the country's biggest crisis in years, set off by Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office

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Protesters carry a dead crow as they chant anti-government slogans during demonstrations against the ruling CNDD-FDD party’s decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in Bujumbura, Burundi on Thursday

A boy wears sunglasses with the dollar sign as he walks down a street in Bujumbura, Burundi April 29, 2015.

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A boy wears sunglasses with the dollar sign as he walks down a street in Bujumbura, Burundi on Wednesday

A disabled protester sits on the road during clashes with riot police against the decision made by Burundi's ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in the capital Bujumbura, April 27, 2015. Burundi police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters on Monday in the second day of demonstrations against Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, a Reuters witness said.

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A disabled protester sits on the road during clashes with riot police against the decision made by Burundi’s ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in the capital Bujumbura, on Monday