Africa’s week in pictures: 1 July – 7 July 2023

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and beyond this week:

A model wears silver and batik clothing plus a blond wig.IMAGE SOURCE,ROGAN WARD/REUTERS
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Durban July attracts fashion-lovers on Saturday…
A model poses in an orange suit.IMAGE SOURCE,ROGAN WARD/REUTERS
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The best-dressed contest happens on the sidelines of South Africa’s yearly horse racing event.
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Boys jump from stairs into the river, in Cairo.IMAGE SOURCE,KHALED ELFIQI/EPA
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It’s time for a dip in the River Nile as temperatures hit 43 Celsius in Egypt on Wednesday.
Fans sing, shout and dance near the stage.IMAGE SOURCE,FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP
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Fans are thrilled by Ayra Starr on Tuesday…
Ayra Starr reaches out with her arm as she sings with a heartfelt expression on her face.IMAGE SOURCE,VALENTIN FLAURAUD/EPA
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The Benin-born Nigerian singer performs at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland days after releasing a new single.
People hold banners protesting homophobia at London's Trafalgar Square.IMAGE SOURCE,PETER NICHOLLS/GETTY IMAGES
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Gay Pride marchers in London show solidarity with LGBT people in Uganda, where a toughened anti-gay law can send landlords to jail if they knowingly rent homes to gay people.
Berihu Aregawi lifts his arms up and looks at the sky in awe.IMAGE SOURCE,FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP
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On Friday, Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi looks to the heavens after running the fastest 5,000m this year at a World Athletics meet in Switzerland.
Mayar Sherif throws her head back in disappointment.IMAGE SOURCE,TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS
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Mayar Sharif reacts after losing a point to her opponent at Wimbledon in the UK on Monday. The Egyptian was eventually knocked out of the tennis tournament.
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Models wear the latest collection from Cameroonian designer Imane Ayissi in Paris on Thursday.
Women cover their faces with stitched, feathered fans.IMAGE SOURCE,SAMUEL ALABI/AFP
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Women shield their faces from the sun at the Ojude Oba festival on Friday…
Man and women stand in colour-coordinated rows.IMAGE SOURCE,SAMUEL ALABI/AFP
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Nigerian officials say thousands of people are at this year’s event in Ogun state…
An elder from the Josi family in Ijebu is seen on a horse.IMAGE SOURCE,SAMUEL ALABI/AFP
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Horse parades are traditionally part of the event.
A boy stands on an artisanal fisherman's canoe at the Port-Bouet beach in Abidjan.IMAGE SOURCE,ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP
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A boy looks out to sea in Ivory Coast, where the government hopes a temporary fishing ban will give declining fish populations a boost.
A stray cat at a cat shelter run by Khadija Izem in Tamesna, Morocco.IMAGE SOURCE,JALAL MORCHIDI/EPA
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And on Monday, this curious cat looks out from a shelter for strays in Morocco.

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