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Africa in pictures: 25-31 March

A Somali man talks on his phone at a food distribution centre for the United Nation's World Food Programme in Rabdure district, 400km west of the capital, Mogadishu.

A gunman talks on his mobile phone on Thursday at a food centre in Somalia, where insecurity is hampering aid efforts for those affected by the worst drought in decades.

Children playing in Tripoli, Libya.

On the same day, Libyan children play at a public garden in the capital, Tripoli...

Libyan young men watch the solar eclipse in the desert in Galo on 29 March 2006.

... while on Wednesday Libyans travelled 1,300km south of the capital to watch the solar eclipse in the desert.

A family views the eclipse from the town of Abomey in Benin on Wednesday.

Several countries in West Africa lay in the path of the total eclipse, including Benin, where this family views the spectacle through special glasses.

A Cameroonian captain looks for bodies from the ferry travelling from the port of Oron in Nigeria to Gabon's Port Gentil that sank in the Atlantic last week.

On Sunday, a Cameroonian rescue operation commander scans the ocean for bodies from a ship wreck last week in which more than 100 people were feared drowned.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas walks with a naval officer during a welcome ceremony in South Africa during a visit.

On a visit to South Africa on Friday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (l) participates in a ceremony to welcome him to Cape Town, where he later addressed parliament.

People mining for gold in a river in DR Congo.

Men and boys mine for gold on Saturday in a river near Bunia in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where militia have battled for years for control of the region's minerals.

A boy rests next to his battered bicycle in the gold mining town of Mongbwalu

Much of DR Congo lacks infrastructure, in particular paved roads. Here, a boy rests on Wednesday next to his muddy bike after riding nearly 80km (50 miles) along dirt roads.

The scene of a bomb blast in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopians gather around a damaged minibus which was caught in a bomb blast in the capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. Police say one person was killed in the explosion.

A student at Bouake University, Ivory Coast.

On Wednesday, a student fills in a form at Bouake University in rebel-controlled northern Ivory Coast. The institution is opening its doors for the first time in more than three years.

Jackie Chan (front) with members of Madagascar's rugby team in Hong Kong.

Movie star Jackie Chan poses for pictures with Madagascar's rugby team during its visit to Hong Kong. For more on Africa this week tune into BBC Network Weekend Africa.


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