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Africa’s week in pictures: 9-15 July 2021

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

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image captionFrench-Congolese model Didi-Stone Olomidé takes to the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday…

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image captionChadian actresses Rihane Khalil Alio and Achouackh Abakar Souleymane appear on the same day. Their film – Lingui, The Sacred Bonds – is tipped as a potential winner of the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or prize.

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image captionOn the same day in neighbouring Monaco, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon has a moment of disbelief as she wins the Women’s 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League.

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image captionAnd athletes of the Great South Sudan Run also celebrate on Sunday, as the nation marks 10 years since independence from Sudan.
image captionThe moment a mother throws her child to strangers from a burning building is captured by BBC cameraman Thuthuka Zondi on Tuesday…
image captionNaledi Manyoni and her daughter Melokuhle are safe and well after escaping the chaos in Durban – the wider province is the heartland of ex-President Jacob Zuma and has become the epicentre of mass riots against his imprisonment…

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image captionThe government says it will deploy 25,000 troops after days of widespread looting and violence that have seen more than 100 people killed.

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image captionAlgerians living in Switzerland protest on Saturday against arbitrary arrests, torture and repression in their home country.

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image captionOn Friday, grief-stricken parents whose children were abducted from Bathel Baptist High School in Kaduna, Nigeria, gather the shoes they left behind.

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image captionTraders bring their animals to market in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations…

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image captionIt’s a similar scene in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan, as Muslims across the continent prepare for the holy feast, where those who can afford it are encouraged to slaughter an animal.

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image captionOn the same day in São Tomé and Príncipe, supporters gather at a campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.

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image captionAlso on Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s newest and highest-value note is in circulation after its unveiling. The 50 dollar note is worth 60 US cents.

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image captionAnd on Saturday one man enjoys a moment of solitude on the beach after Tunisia brings back lockdown measures against coronavirus.

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