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ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHTParalympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoREUTERS 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. TEMPLATE OUT

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Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa

Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius leaves after the second day of his sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa

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Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius leaves after the second day of his sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa today

epa05360986 The double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa 13 June 2016. The Supreme Court of South Africa overturned the High Court's verdict in December 2015, where Pistorius now faces sentencing for murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 13 February 2013.  EPA/THEMBA HADEBA / POOL

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The double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa

A man shouts slogans against South Afric...A man shouts slogans against South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party during a protest organized by the opposition political parties, Civil Society organizations and Religious group as the nation celebrates Freedom Day in Johannesburg on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIAGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

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A man shouts slogans against South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party during a protest organized by the opposition political parties, Civil Society organizations and Religious group as the nation celebrates Freedom Day in Johannesburg, South Africa 

Thousands of South African main oppositi...Thousands of South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance supporters march to the Constitutional Court to protest against South African President Jacob Zuma on April 15, 2016 in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIENMUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance supporters march to the Constitutional Court to protest against South African President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Electricity Protests...epa05215589 A member of the South African Police Service fires rubber bullets on striking community members in Zandspruit, an informal settlement west of Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 March 2016. Community members blocked and barricaded roads surrounding the settlement, after their illegal electricity connections where removed my Johannesburg Council workers almost a week ago.  EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

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A member of the South African Police Service fires rubber bullets on striking community members in Zandspruit, an informal settlement west of Johannesburg. Community members blocked and barricaded roads surrounding the settlement, after their illegal electricity connections where removed my Johannesburg Council workers almost a week ago 

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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 

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

Members of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) protest in front of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on November 24, 2015. SAMWU members marched to demand increased wages, better working conditions and new recruitments to reduce municipal water management vacancy rate in water-stressed municipalities in light of the current drought in South Africa.

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Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) protest in front of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. SAMWU members marched to demand increased wages, better working conditions

A mother carries her son through burnt out shacks after they where raised to the ground in a fire that destroyed 250 homes at the informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg on Thursday. The fire yesterday fueled by high winds and a heat waves swept through the shacks of the settlement. No one was killed in the fire but hundreds of families have been left homeless.

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A mother carries her son through burnt out shacks after they where raised to the ground in a fire that destroyed 250 homes at the informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg on Thursday. The fire yesterday fueled by high winds and a heat waves swept through the shacks of the settlement

South Africa township fire ...epa05020831 A man carries his bed as he and a friend tries to remove her belongings as a fire rages through an informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg, 11 November 2015. The flames fueled by high winds and a heat waves swept through the shacks of the settlement. At least 250 shacks where distroyed.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

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A man carries his bed as he and a friend tries to remove her belongings as a fire rages through an informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg 

South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) arrives on stage at the beginning of a march called for "economic transformation" in Johannesburg on Tuesday

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South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) arrives on stage at the beginning of a march called for “economic transformation” in Johannesburg on Tuesday

South African police fire rubber bullets to disperse residents of Masiphumelele during a protest against the police in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa  23 October 2015. Community members are angered at the arrest of some residents suspected to be vigilantes following the killing of suspected criminals by vigilantes. This follows weeks of protests over the lack of policing in the impoverished area and the alleged targetting of vigilante members by the police

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South African police fire rubber bullets to disperse residents of Masiphumelele during a protest against the police in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa

Protesting university students flee as police fire stun grenades outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies.

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Protesting university students flee as police fire stun grenades outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies

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

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 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

A pickup truck moves off after loading unemployed builders and painters from South Africa and Zimbabwe from a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday

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A pickup truck moves off after loading unemployed builders and painters from South Africa and Zimbabwe from a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday