Africa’s week in pictures: 5 – 11 January 2018

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A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.

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On Friday, a girl walks past the remains of homes destroyed overnight by a deadly landslide in a poor neighbourhood of Kinshasa. Flooding is a major peril for residents of DR Congo’s capital because many homes are built on hillsides where lack of drainage makes them vulnerable to flash floods

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On the same day, a Sudanese man leaves a bakery with a bag of bread in the capital Khartoum

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Bread prices in Sudan have doubled after the government scrapped flour subsidies, and police have cracked down on student protests against higher prices

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Also on Friday, horses are spotted in a misty forest close to the ruins of the Greek and Roman city in Shahhat, Libya

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In neighbouring Algeria, a man looks at at a snow-covered slope at Ain Sefra on Sunday. It is the second time in three years that snow has been seen in the Sahara desert

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On Wednesday, a shopper in central Nairobi considers the array of Chinese-made shoes one sale

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A Moroccan man cuts a solitary figures as walks along the coast during a storm in the capital Rabat on Monday. The country has experienced an unusually cold snap over the last few days

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Dozens of baby turtles await their release into the Atlantic Ocean in Benin…

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… as conservation activists mark the National Day of Sea Turtles

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Survival rates are low for hatchlings, with only a small percentage reaching adulthood like this green sea turtle pictured in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt a day later

Pope Tawadros II

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Pope Tawadros II, the leader of Egypt’s Coptic church, leads congruents in Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday. Unlike many other Christians who celebrate Christmas on 25 December, Egyptians Copts mark it on 7 January

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Ethiopian Orthodox Christians also celebrate Christmas on 7 January. Here, a pilgrim is seen reading the Bible by candlelight at a church in the northern town of Lalibela

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The day before, pilgrims file out of morning prayers at the Bete Amanuel, “House of Emmanuel” monolithic orthodox church in the same town

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On Friday, a Somali fisherman carries his catch – a hammerhead shark – to Hamarweyne fish market near the port in Mogadishu

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