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Africa’s week in pictures: 19-25 March 2021

A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent and beyond:

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image captionBalloons are offered to wedding guests in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Saturday.

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image captionLooking pretty in face-mask pink, a girl returns to school in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, on Monday…

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image captionSchools also reopened on Monday after a coronavirus lockdown in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

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image captionChildren play table football on Friday in Mopti, a town in Mali which is on the confluence of the Niger and the Bani Rivers.

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image captionIt is sledging these children enjoy on Monday in Algeria’s Chréa mountains…

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image captionIt’s a skiing area about 60km (35 miles) south of the capital, Algiers.

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image captionA young football fan wearing a Lionel Messi Barcelona shirt sits on a Liberian fishing boat looking out to sea on Saturday…

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image captionHe lives in a coastal fishing hamlet dedicated to the Spanish football club, called FC Barcelona compound…

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image captionEverything in the small community by the shores of the Lako Piso tidal lagoon is dedicated to the football club and painted in its colours.

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image captionOn Wednesday, Barcelona’s Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala helps her side beat Manchester City, scoring in the Champions League quarter-final match played in Italy.

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image captionThe day before, not too far from Barcelona, Eritrean cyclist Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin takes part in the Volta a Catalunya race.

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image captionA woman walks through Morocco’s brightly painted oasis town of Figuig on Friday…

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image captionThe town is built around an oasis of date palms on the border with Algeria…

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image captionThere have been recent protests in the town over a move by the Algerian authorities to expel date growers from an area they have traditionally used.

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image captionOn Monday, a breeder and trainer of purebred Arabian horses in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi gives one of his steeds some medicine.

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image captionOn the same day in a town in western Libya, a tank’s gun is fired during a graduation ceremony for guards tasked with protecting oil fields and ports.

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image captionCheering boys and men ride along on a truck speeding after racing camels near the Sudanese city of Omdurman on Friday…

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image captionThe race, which took place at a track by al-Ikhlas village, is organised by camel-rearing families.

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image captionAlso on Friday, men wait to refill oxygen cylinders – needed by their relatives in hospital with Covid-19 – at a mechanics workshop in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

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image captionAnd Egyptian swimmer Omar Sayed Shaaban trains in a pool in Cairo on Sunday wearing a monofin. Earlier this month he broke the world record for the highest jump from water with a mermaid-like flipper.

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