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

image source, AFPimage captionFifteen-year-old Nobe Nobe from Ago, 17-year-old Djanje Haiballa from Fouduk, plus 28-year-old Veli Rabeo also of Fouduk pose for individual portraits on Friday at the Cure Salee festival in Niger…image source, AFPimage captionThousands of people from nomadic herding communities attend the three-day festival which includes a high-stakes camel race…image source, AFPimage caption… as well as dancing.image source, AFPimage captionThe annual festival takes place at the end of the rainy season in September…image source, AFPimage caption… and attracts visitors from all over the Sahel.image source, EPAimage captionIn neighbouring Nigeria on Tuesday, blacksmith Anjorin Jimoh is busy in his workshop in Lagos.image source, EPAimage captionIn Tunisia on Friday, artist Mohamed al-Sharaiti makes sculptures from the spare parts of cars.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionCongolese band Fulu Miziki, whose instruments and clothes are made from recycled items, appear at a music festival in Spain on Tuesday.image source, EPAimage captionSouth African actress Thuso Mbedu (R) poses with US actress Mychal-Bella Bowman on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Friday.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionActress Ditebogo Ledwaba wins the gong for Outstanding Young Performer at South Africa's Royal Soapie Awards on Saturday.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionActress Letoya Makhene and businesswoman Lebo Keswa, who married last year, were also at the television awards.image source, AFPimage captionOn Wednesday, Somalia hosted its first public film-screening in 30 years – raising hopes of a cultural revival amid the country's decades-long security crisis. Filmgoers had to pass through several checkpoints to reach the theatre.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionOn the same day in Egypt's capital Cairo, Taha Obeid feeds his pet chicken, Jafar, at his rooftop home.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionAlso in Egypt, cotton harvesting is under way – these children play on a pile of picked bolls on Sunday.image source, AFPimage captionDays earlier in northern Egypt, artist Ibrahim Bilal presents miniature sculptures carved into pencil tips.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionCameroonian mixed martial arts fighter Tafon Nchukwi lands a punch on Mike Rodriguez, winning their UFC bout on Saturday in Las Vegas in the US.image source, AFPimage captionBurundian athlete Francine Niyonsaba returns home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday after setting a new world record in the women's 2,000 metres.image source, AFPimage captionAnd on Saturday in Italy, Kenya's Clement Langat Kiprono wins the Rome Marathon.image source, Getty Imagesimage captionOn Wednesday, Cameroonian protesters demand the return of an artefact from former colonial ruler Germany. They say the Ngonnso statue was looted by the Germans in 1902 and is of significant spiritual value.image source, Reutersimage captionRemnants of a poster showing former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika are seen on Saturday, following his death at the age of 84.image source, AFPimage captionOn the same day in Guinea's capital, Conakry, supporters cheer the return of exiled political activists who had fled the rule of President Alpha Condé.image source, AFPimage captionAnd on Tuesday, the sun sets over the Blue Nile in Sudan hours after an attempted coup was foiled.

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