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In pictures: Bush's Africa tour

President Bush and President Thomas Boni Yayi at the arrival ceremony for Mr Bush.

US President George W Bush kicked off his six-day five-nation tour of Africa in Benin, where he was welcomed by President Thomas Boni Yayi at the airport in Cotonou.

Mr Bush and President  Boni Yayi at the airport in Cotonou

Mr Bush said Africa's many conflicts were not the main focus of his tour: he also wanted to highlight success stories.

Children at the airport in Cotonou

President Bush and First Lady Laura were greeted by, among others, a group of Beninese children.

President Bush at Cadjehoun International Airport

Mr Bush's talks in Benin included the fight against malaria and Aids. Washington has provided millions of dollars of aid to the west African country.

Mr Bush and Mr  Boni Yayi after the award ceremony

President Bush was presented with the Grand Cross of the National Order of Benin by President Boni Yayi. Mr Bush later adjusted his counterpart's sash in jest.

Mr Bush in talks with President Boni Yayi

After his talks with Benin government leaders, Mr Bush set off for Tanzania.

US President George Bush speaks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete as he arrived in Dar es Salaam

The US president's Air Force One plane arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where another red-carpet welcome awaited him.

Women in Tanzania wait at airport wearing dresses with President Bush images printed on them.

His image was even printed on the traditional dresses worn by women who came to the airport for a ceremony to mark his arrival.

US President George Bush right is greeted by Tanzania's President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete at Dar es Salaam airport.

There were big smiles for the cameras as Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete greeted Mr Bush amid flag-waving crowds.

Tanzanian Muslim women protest in Dar es Salaam after Friday prayers (15.02/08)

But not everyone was pleased to see the US president - these Muslim women took to the streets to protest. Mr Bush will also visit Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia.

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