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Africa’s week in pictures: 26 March-1 April 2021

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

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image captionA woman boards a bus in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Saturday – a day after the the country tightened restrictions because of a spike in Covid-19 deaths…

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image captionIn Mombasa on Wednesday, people crowd on to a bridge connecting the city’s mainland to the island as ferry services have been paused during the main commuting hours to curb the spread of Covid.

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image captionVuvezelas are on sale outside a stadium in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos on Saturday for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho…

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image captionSocial-distancing measures were in place for those football fans watching the match inside the stadium and seeing the Super Eagles to a 3-0 victory.

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image captionOn the same day in Addis Ababa, fans took to the streets to celebrate Ethiopia’s place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, their first since 2013…

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image captionEthiopia had been losing to Ivory Coast before the game was abandoned after the referee collapsed. A 0-0 draw between Madagascar and Niger in their group means they still qualify.

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image captionIn Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan the next day, a fan of Laurent Gbagbo – with shoes to prove it – celebrates after the International Criminal Court (ICC) upholds the ex-president’s acquittal.

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image captionOn Wednesday, two men are seen outside a mosque in Timbuktu a day after a symbolic euro was given to Mali’s government and Unesco. It was the outcome of an ICC trial that saw a jihadist found guilty of destroying ancient mausoleums in the city and liable for the damages, which he will not be able to pay.

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image captionArtist Yassine Balbzioui poses next to his work on Tuesday which is part of a new exhibition in the Spanish capital, Madrid, exploring Moroccan art since 1950.

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image captionCameroon’s Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic of the US on Saturday to become the new heavyweight champion during the UFC 260 event in Las Vegas.

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image captionTwo days later, Senegalese wrestlers smear their bodies with sand before a training session…

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image captionAs coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, wrestlers can now start to prepare themselves for the start of tournaments.

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image captionVolunteers in Nigeria comb a beach near Lagos on Saturday to remove the plastic debris strewn over the sand…

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image captionIn the city the next day, Catholics attend a Palm Sunday service where they are given a palm leaf to remind them of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem days before his death.

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image captionThis photo of a 50-year-old Nigerian businesswoman at school in Ilorin was released on Tuesday. It is part of series taken by Reuters last week about Shade Ajayi who did not go to school as a child – and believes her inability to read or write is holding her back.

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image captionOn Monday, crowds of mourners in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, gather to wave at ex-President Didier Ratsiraka’s funeral procession.

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image captionOn the same day in northern Mozambique, boats are seen in Paquitequete, a port south of Palma – a town which came under attack by jihadists last week…

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image captionPeople are still trying to flee the area, the centre of a major gas project. Here women comfort each other in Pemba on Thursday as they wait for evacuees.

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image captionPeople dressed in traditional clothing gather outside a shopping centre in South Africa on Tuesday to protest after a man wearing Ndebele attire was asked to leave a shop.

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image captionOn Saturday, women take part at an event in Ekurhuleni in South Africa where they can practise their shooting.

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image captionFor ballet dancers in South Africa, it is back to rehearsals on Thursday as their company Joburg Ballet prepares to return to the stage next week after a long break because of Covid-19.

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image captionAnd on Thursday researchers from the UK’s University of St Andrews release this shot of a chimpanzee in Zambia wearing a grass “earring” – which they say shows the animals develop their own culture and fashions.

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