Africa's week in pictures: 28 July – 3 Aug 2017

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.

Members of the groups Diwan Ajam Stambali of Tunisia, Gnaoua of Morocco and Diwan of Algeria perform during the 53rd edition of the International Festival of Carthage at Carthage National Museum in Tunis, 31 August 2017 Image copyright EPA

The annual Carthage international music festival was under way in Tunisia with this performance featuring groups from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria on Monday.

Debe Blaise of Burkina Faso (right) takes on Niger's Garba Mourtala in the men's wrestling 66kg quarter-final on Thursday 28 July. Image copyright EPA

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast has been playing host to the Francophone Games, which focus on culture and art – as well as sport. Here Debe Blaise of Burkina Faso (right) takes on Niger’s Garba Mourtala in the men’s wrestling 66kg quarter-final on Thursday 28 July.

Chinese People's Liberation Army staff attend the opening ceremony of China's new military base in Djibouti. China has deployed troops to its first overseas naval base in Djibouti. Image copyright AFP

Tuesday saw the opening ceremony for China’s first overseas military base – in Djibouti. Chinese authorities have dismissed concerns about China’s expanding military prowess, arguing that the base will be used for defensive purposes. It will support ships travelling near the Horn of Africa, as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

A T-72 tank, operated by a crew from Angola, fires at a target during the Tank Biathlon competition, part of the International Army Games 2017, at a range in the settlement of Alabino outside Moscow, Russia, July 29, 2017 Image copyright Reuters

Still on a military theme, here is an Angolan T-72 tank in action near Moscow at the weekend… but it is not flexing muscle for real, just competing in the Tank Biathlon contest – part of the International Army Games 2017

Egyptian military police soldiers take a selfie before the beginning of the match between ES Tunis, and Al Hilal during the Arab Club championship, at Borg Al Arab Stadium, in Alexandria, Egypt, 30 July 2017 Image copyright EPA

On a lighter note, Egyptian military police soldiers are pictured here taking a selfie before the beginning of the football match on Sunday between ES Tunis and Al Hilal during the Arab Club championship in Alexandria.

Thousands of supporters of the opposition in Guinea demonstrate in Conakry on 2 August to demand local elections be held after a 12-year absence Image copyright AFP

In Guinea, thousands of opposition activists took to the streets of the capital, Conakry, on Wednesday to press for local elections to be held after a gap of 12 years.

Kenyans wait in central Nairobi for buses to arrive to take them to rural homes ahead of next week's general election Image copyright EPA

And next week’s election is very much at the forefront of attention in Kenya. People are already heading from the capital to rural homelands – to vote and in some cases to be away from the city, fearing there may be violence in the aftermath.

Dancers perform on stage during of the closing ceremony of the 8th Francophonie Games in the Village of la Francophonie in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 30 July 2017. Image copyright EPA

A closing ceremony on Sunday marked the completion of the Francophone Games in Ivory Coast, which drew some 3,000 participants.

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