Africa’s week in pictures: 5

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 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 on 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

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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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Week in pictures: 6

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley kiss the Golden Globes they won for the show Big Little Lies. The ceremony was the first major awards since the Hollywood sexual harassment scandals, and many stars wore black to draw attention to the need for equality.

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A girl stands with a camel at a fair in Inner Mongolia. At this local festival there are camel races and beauty contests, with more than 200 camels participating.

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Women motorcycle riders from India’s Border Security Force, the Daredevils, rehearse for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi.

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Princess Charlotte sits on the steps of Kensington Palace in this photograph taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark her first day of nursery in Kensington, London.

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Two Syrian sisters run across rubble to embrace after finding each other alive following an air strike on Hamouria, in the besieged rebel-held area near Damascus. Air strikes and artillery fire killed dozens of civilians.

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A freshwater stingray is measured during the annual inventory at the Sea Life Aquarium in Hanover, northern Germany.

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Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims attend Christmas Eve celebrations in Bete Mariam church in Lalibela. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January because they use the old Julian calendar.

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On the second anniversary of David Bowie’s death, a woman lays a rose at a mural of him in Brixton, his London birthplace.

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A cyclist finds a way through heavy fog in Dublin, Ireland. The adverse weather led to several flights being cancelled.

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At the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, a boy celebrates after catching a trout.

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A Cornish Crabber sailing boat is polished at the London Boat Show in Docklands, east London.

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