Africa's year in pictures 2020

A selection of the best photos from across the African continent this year:

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Samburu men attempt to fend-off a swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Lemasulani village, Samburu County, Kenya - 17 January 2020
In January, locust swarms overwhelm people in parts of East Africa, including these Samburu men in Kenya.
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A man in Ethiopia's Mekelle city rides a horse painted in the colours of the Tigray regional flag - 19 February 2020
In February, the regional colours of Tigray, in Ethiopia, are seen everywhere in Mekelle city - even on a horse - to mark the 45th anniversary of the launch of armed resistance against the-then Marxist regime. Later in the year, conflict breaks out in the region.
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Gonzaga Yiga, a 49-year-old community chairperson, appeals to residents - Tuesday 24 March 2020
As coronavirus spreads around the world in March, one Ugandan man, Gonzaga Yiga Uganda, takes it upon himself to educate the residents of the capital, Kampala, about measures to curb the spread.
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A child has her hair threaded in a salon in Kenya's capital, Nairobi - 29 April 2020
Covid-19 gets more attention as the year goes on. In Kenya a hair style, seen here in a salon in the capital, Nairobi, in April, is even renamed "coronavirus" as it resembles the virus' prickly shape as seen under the microscope.
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Children in face masks crouch in white circles put at bus stations to ensure social distancing in Kigali, Rwanda -4 May 2020
By May masks become seemingly ubiquitous - and in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, these children crouch in circles drawn at bus stops to encourage social distancing.
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An aerial view of a mass gathering of Malians at Independence Square in Bamako -5 June 2020
In June, protesters gather to demand the ousting of Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. He was overthrown in a coup two months later.
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A young sheep farmer drags one of his sheep toward the sea in order to clean it in Dakar, Senegal - 28 July 2020
Muslims across Africa celebrate Eid al-Adha in July. For livestock farmers, like this boy in Senegal's capital Dakar, it means washing sheep before taking them to market.
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Tanzanian small-scale miner Saniniu Kuryan Laizer poses with two of the biggest of the country's precious gemstones, Tanzanite, as a millionaire during the ceremony for his historical discovery in Manyara, northern Tanzania 24 June, 2020.
A Tanzanian small-scale miner, who became an overnight millionaire in June for selling two rough Tanzanite stones valued at $3.4m (£2.6m), sells another gem for $2m in August.
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A gorilla from the Nyakamwe family holds her newly born twin babies at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo in this picture released on 22 September 2020
A gorilla at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo breastfeeds her new-born twin babies in September. The endangered mountain gorilla family is one of eight living in the park.
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A demonstrator stands atop a vehicle and shouts slogans as others carry banners while blocking a road leading to the airport, during a protest over alleged police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria - 12 October 2020
Protests in Lagos, and across Nigeria, against police brutality in October lead to the notorious Sars rogue police unit being disbanded.
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Ethiopian refugees who fled the Ethiopia's Tigray conflict watch the sunset on a hill at the Um Raquba refugee camp in Sudan's eastern Gedaref state - 12 December 2020
In November, tens of thousands of people from Ethiopia's Tigray region flee over the border to Sudan. Here some of them are seen a few weeks later on a hill in Um Raquba refugee camp.
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A wedding group seen by the beach in Durban, South Africa - 9 December 2020
And a wedding party goes to a pier for photographs in the South African city of Durban in December as the authorities ban swimming on public beaches because of a second wave of coronavirus.

Images from AFP, Getty Images and Reuters