Africa’s top shots: 23-29 September 2016

A selection of photos from across the African continent this week:

Men transport a pig with a motorbike in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo - Wednesday 28 September 2016Image copyright
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Two men and a pig share a motorbike in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Wednesday. The last message stuck to the back of the bike – “biloba loba to boyi” – translates from the Lingala as “please mind your own business”.

An activist with an elephant motive made up on his face, marches to the site of the Cites meeting in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa - Saturday 24 September 2016Image copyright
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A conservationist with an elephant painted on his face marches to the site of the Cites meeting in the South African city of Johannesburg on Saturday. Delegates at the gathering later defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.

A Ugandan woman wears a paper dress during a beauty contest in Kampala, Uganda - Saturday 24 September 2016Image copyright
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On the same day, a contestant at a beauty pageant for people living the HIV in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, models a dress made of paper.

Ballet dancers from the Joburg Ballet perform during the final dress rehearsal of Cinderella at the Civic Theater in Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 September 2016Image copyright
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Ballet dancers take part in their final dress rehearsal on Thursday before the opening of a production of Cinderella in Johannesburg.

Kenyan student and ballerina Njoki Wairua trains young girls during a dance class in Nairobi, Kenya - Saturday 24 September 2016Image copyright
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Kenyan student and ballerina Njoki Wairua, popularly known as “the dancing biochemist”, teaches a ballet glass in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Saturday.

A member of Kenya's military band plays at the Embakasi Garrison near Nairobi, Kenya - Monday 26 September 2016Image copyright
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Two days later, a member of Kenya’s military band plays at an event at a garrison near Nairobi.

Chinese engineers stand in a line near a train at Furi train station near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Saturday 24 September 2016Image copyright
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Chinese engineers stand to attention on Saturday during a tour of a train station near Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, ahead of next week’s official opening of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway.

Deacons pictured during the Meskel festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Tuesday 27 September 2016Image copyright
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On Tuesday, Ethiopians celebrated Meskel, the first big festival of the Ethiopian religious year. Here deacons are pictured at events in Addis Ababa…

An Ethiopian Orthodox priest blesses the faithful with incense during the Meskel festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Tuesday 27 September 2016Image copyright
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Meskel commemorates the finding of the true cross by St Helena in the 4th Century AD. Here an Orthodox priest in Addis Ababa blesses the faithful with incense.

A woman pours water over a child affected by teargas after clashes between police and street vendors in central Harare, Zimbabwe,Image copyright
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On the same day in Zimbabwe, a woman pours water over a child affected by tear gas after clashes between the police and street vendors in the capital, Harare.

A migrant from Senegal, and other detainees eat in the courtyard of a detention centre for migrants near Misrata, Libya - Sunday 25 September 2016Image copyright
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In a courtyard of a detention centre for migrants near the Libyan city of Misrata, a man from Senegal and other inmates eat from a central bowl of pasta on Sunday.

A fighter from forces affiliated to the Tripoli government scans for targets from his position in a building at the frontline in Sirte, Libya - Wednesday 28 September 2016Image copyright
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Three days later, a fighter from forces affiliated to the UN-backed unity government scans for targets from his position in a building on the frontline of the battle against Islamic State group fighters in Sirte.

A street vendor poses with a machmoum, a bouquet of jasmine, behind his ear at the Kasbah souk in the old town of Tunis, TunisiaImage copyright
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In neighbouring Tunisia, a street vendor poses with a sprig of jasmine behind his ear in the old town of the capital, Tunis. The so-called Arab Spring began with Tunisia’s “Jasmine revolution” in 2011.

Members of a Zulu male voice choir performing in Durban, South Africa - Saturday 24 September 2016Image copyright
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And members of a Zulu male voice choir, known as an isicathamiya group, compete in an annual competition in the South African city of Durban on Saturday.

Images courtesy of AP, EPA, PA and Reuters

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37507998