A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond.

image source, Reutersimage captionFriends play an evening game of football on Thursday in Soweto, South Africa.image source, AFPimage captionOn the same day, Congolese-born artist Sandra Mujinga presents her work entitled Reworlding Remains during Berlin Art Week in Germany.image source, AFPimage captionKenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o arrived at the Met Gala in New York on Monday evening…image source, Getty Imagesimage captionSomali-born model and entrepreneur Iman, wearing a striking gold design, also attends the event…image source, AFPimage captionAs did rising Ugandan-Canadian actress Whitney Peak, who stars in TV series Gossip Girl.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionAlso in New York, Sierra Leone's ambassador to the UN Victoria Sulimani joins models on the runway at the Rise Survivors' Fashion show. The event is designed to turn the question of "What were you wearing?", often posed to victims of sexual violence, on its head.image source, AFPimage captionA lucky fan is serenaded on stage by Vegedream at the Festival of Urban Music of Anoumabo (Femua) in Ivory Coast on Saturday…image source, AFPimage captionThe singer was one of a number of big names at the five-day festival.image source, AFPimage captionCongolese star Koffi Olomide also took to the stage…image source, AFPimage captionAs did Cameroonian singer Daphne.image source, AFPimage captionMore than a week after he was ousted in a coup, a portrait of Guinea's President Alpha Condé still hangs by the entrance to the People's Palace where the military junta hosts politicians and civil groups for talks on Monday…image source, AFPimage captionAlso in the capital city, Conakry, this poster of junta leader Col Mamady Doumbouya looms large over the streets.image source, AFPimage captionAbout 50 villages have been submerged by floods in southern Sudan, which the UN says have left 65,000 homeless, including refugees from neighbouring South Sudan.image source, AFPimage captionOn Sunday, Tunisians form a human chain during a protest against rising sea pollution in the suburbs of the capital city, Tunis.image source, AFPimage captionIn Ethiopia on Tuesday, a fighter with an ethnic Amhara militia poses for a photograph.image source, Reutersimage captionThe day before in Addis Ababa, people take part in a prayer session to end the war in the Tigray region, ahead of Ethiopia's New Year celebrations.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionPeople enjoy Tej at a market in Addis Ababa. The drink is traditionally enjoyed around Ethiopia's New Year and consists of three main ingredients – honey, water and a medicinal shrub called Gesho.image source, AFPimage captionA curious goat looks out of a car in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, on Wednesday…image source, AFPimage captionAt the same livestock market are this man and his camels.image source, EPAimage captionA man scales trees for dates in Egypt's south Giza governorate the day before.image source, AFPimage captionThese artefacts in a museum in Paris, known as the Royal Treasures of the Abomey Kingdom, are among 26 to be returned to Benin later this year.image source, AFPimage captionOn Tuesday, a man walks out of a newly restored cemetery that dates back to the 27th Century BC…image source, AFPimage captionIt is the resting place of Pharaoh Djoser, whose name is written in hieroglyphics here.image source, AFPimage captionAnd this shot on Sunday shows Nigeria's biggest tropical forest – the Oban Biosphere Reserve in Calabar – which is home to elephants and gorillas among other species.

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