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Africa in pictures: 4-10 March

Women parade in a stadium in DR Congo's capital on Wednesday

Across Africa, International Women's Day was marked on Wednesday. Here, Congolese women participate in a parade in a stadium in Kinshasa.

A woman from Botswana in a classroom in Gaborone on Tuesday

The previous evening this 37-year-old woman in Botswana attends a primary school literacy lesson in the country's capital, Gaborone.

A schoolgirl in Zimbabwe does homework by candlelight on Wednesday

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, which is experiencing serious power cuts, a 16-year-old schoolgirl does her homework by candlelight in the capital, Harare.

A Jacob Zuma supporter lies on the floor with a wooden replica gun in South Africa

Outside court in South Africa where ex-Deputy President Jacob Zuma is on trial for rape, a supporter poses in reference to the pro-Zuma song "Letha Mshini Wami" (Give me my gun).

Members of the Sudanese Popular Defence Forces hold up knifes, guns and banners in Khartoum in protest against UN peacekeepers

Sudan's capital been the scene of protests all week as Africa decided in principle to hand over the Darfur peacekeeping mission to the UN. This banner reads "Death to America".

Women on a street in Senegal's capital Dakar welcome Mauritania's leader

Posters of Mauritania' s military leader, Col Ely Ould Mohammed Vall, are held up on Monday to welcome him on a two-day visit to neighbouring Senegal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at a welcome ceremony in Algiers for Mr Putin on Friday

Later in the week, Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd l) poses next to his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika on a visit to Algiers, where he wrote off Algeria's debt to Russia.

Vet injecting a bird in Rabat, Morocco

Vets in Morocco vaccinated birds at the zoological park in the capital, Rabat, as the World Health Organization warned Africa this week not to rely on rich nations to help tackle bird flu.

Minibuses being checked for poultry at a border point between Nigeria and Niger

Vehicles entering Niger from Nigeria are checked on Tuesday for diseased poultry to stop the spread of bird flu. Both countries have had cases of the deadly H5N1 strain.

A gallery worker in Australia inspects a coffin carved like a shark made by Paa Joe Carpentry workshop in Ghana

A shark-shaped coffin commissioned from Ghana goes on display in Australia for Melbourne's cultural festival. For more on Africa this week tune into BBC Network Weekend Africa.


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