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In pictures: Focus on Africa in 2015

In pictures: Focus on Africa in 2015

  • 31 December 2015
  • From the section Africa

A selection of the most striking news images from the African continent this year:

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In January life started returning to normal in Liberia despite the Ebola outbreak. Public gatherings – like this wedding – had been delayed until the worst of the epidemic had passed

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This is one of just three northern white rhinos in existence at the end of 2015. They all still live in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where conservationists met in January to discuss how to save them from extinction. They didn't manage to save the fourth, which died in the US in November

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In the same month Egypt's government rolled out a smart card to stop people wasting subsidised bread. The smartcard allows five loaves of bread family member per day

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Questions of who will succeed Zimbabwe's 91-year old President Robert Mugabe have rumbled through the year. But this picture of him tripping in February was shared worldwide after security services tried to force photographers to delete the shot

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Incredibly no-one died when this bus drove over a bridge in Johannesburg, South Africa in February

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In March Muhammadu Buhari became the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria. Some supporters were accidently hit by another supporter on a motorbike during celebrations in Kano, Nigeria.

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Three-year-olds Ami and Ashbu had left Burundi in 2014 to live in this camp in Chad, as seen in March. They were joined by many more compatriots who fled the country after violence broke out in April when the president said he intended to run for a third term

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It's been a year of protest in South Africa. In April demonstrators' demands were met to remove the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town

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In the same month xenophobic violence broke out in parts of South Africa forcing some foreigners to return home, including this child who waits for a bus to depart from Durban

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After al-Shabab militants killed 148 people in a Kenyan university, people peered into Garissa mortuary to look at the bodies of the suspected attackers

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Protests in Burundi turned violent in May. This policewoman was mobbed after she was accused of shooting a protester. She was eventually handed back to the police

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Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o starred in the new Star Wars film released in December, and she perfected the red carpet twirl in Cannes in May

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In June 38 people were killed when a gunman for so-called Islamic State opened fire at a Tunisia beach resort

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Most of the people who were killed in the attack on tourists were British

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One of the last northern white rhinos made another appearance in June as members of Kenya's Maasai Cricket Warriors posed with the last male of the species, called Sudan

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Another incredible motor accident happened in South Africa in July – this time in Durban – and again, miraculously no-one was killed

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That month Kenya had Obama-mania as the president of the United States visited the country

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President Obama's Kenyan half-sister Auma was by his side for much of the tour. He promised to deliver a "blunt message" to African leaders about gay rights

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In neighbouring Uganda people prepared for a Gay Pride march in August a year after a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned

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Unprecedented numbers of people risked their lives by crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. These people were rescued off the coast of Libya, but countless others drowned

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While the majority of people arriving in places like the Greek Island Lesbos here were fleeing Syria, many were escaping compulsory military service in Eritrea

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Botswana's Bokaa Dam dried up in August as several African countries had their worst drought in decades. The disruption in weather patterns was caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino

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In September a lunar eclipse coincided with a "supermoon" – when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth – meaning it appears larger in the sky, as seen here in Cairo, Egypt

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The Africa Games in September saw cyclists whizz through Congo's capital, Brazzaville in the 150km road race

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Scientists discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a unique reaction

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One of the king of Swaziland's 15 wives takes a selfie at the annual reed dance where he chooses another wife

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Tanzanian riot police stood guard as the winners were announced in the most tightly contested election since independence in 1961

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South Africa's year of protests saw students demanding the president scrap plans for a rise in university fees in October, which he conceded to

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Pope Francis made his first trip to Africa in October. He visited a slum in Kenya and a mosque in CAR, where he urged Muslims and Christians to get along

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A plane came down en route to Russia from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 224 people in November. Russia and Western powers blamed Islamic State but the Egyptian authorities said they found no evidence of terrorism

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At the end of the month supporters of Roch Marc Kabore celebrated as he was elected president of Burkina Faso, after long-standing leader Blaise Compaore was ousted in 2014

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After two decades of work, Mozambique removed its last known landmine in September, so in December the rats that have been trained to sniff them out got festive

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And the end of the Ebola outbreak was declared in Guinea in December, the last country to do so. The last known patient to have had Ebola – a baby girl – was discharged from a Conakry clinic a month before

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