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Africa's week in pictures: 1 - 7 January 2021

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A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond:

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image captionEgyptians see in the New Year with fireworks over the capital, Cairo, on Friday.
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image captionA barrel of sweet treats is readied for celebrations in Liberia's capital, Monrovia.
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image captionWhile community leader Janet Sharty hands out popcorn, lollipops and biscuits for children as New Year's gifts.
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image captionOn the same day in South Africa, a bird walks along Durban's empty shore where a ban on gatherings kept revellers at bay.
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image captionNigerian footballer Terem Moffi somersaults on the pitch after scoring for French side FC Lorient against AS Monaco on Wednesday.
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image captionOn the same day in Senegal, a policeman is covered in flames as he tries to put out a fire after protests erupted during a curfew inteded to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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image captionOn Monday, millions of mask-wearing pupils in Kenya return to school nine months after they were closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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image captionThe next day in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic, Ibrahim Yawesse teaches the Koran to children using wooden boards in his home after transforming it into a classroom.
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image captionOn Tuesday, a sign reminds visitors to the Evangelical Church at Kasr El Dobara church in Egypt, Cairo, to wear masks.
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image captionAlso in Egypt, Marian Nabil and her daughters hold hands as they pray during Coptic Christmas eve mass at their home on Wednesday.
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image captionAnd on the same day in Kenya, a pair of giraffes get close in Nairobi National Park.

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