A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond.
A BBC composite of three individual photo portraits that were taken by AFP.
Two boys who raced in the final on 18 September.
... as well as dancing.
Women dance during the annual Cure Salee festival.
Men try on rings during the annual festival.s.
A blacksmith at work.
A man works on a metal sculpture of a horse.
The eco-afrofuturist punk band Fulu Miziki pose at the International Festival of Performing Arts.
Thuso Mbedu poses with US actress Mychal-Bella Bowman on the red carpet.
Ditebogo Ledwaba receiving her award on stage in Johannesburg, South Africa.
South African couple Letoya Makhene and Lebo Keswa.
Viewers wait for the first screening of Somali films at The Somali National Theatre in Mogadishu.
A man feeding a chicken.
Children play on top of cotton bolls.
Days earlier in northern Egypt, artist Ibrahim Bilal presents miniature sculptures carved into pencil tips.
Cameroonian mixed martial arts fighter Tafon Nchukwi lands a punch on Mike Rodriguez, winning their UFC bout on Saturday in Las Vegas in the US.
Burundian athlete Francine Niyonsaba returns home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday after setting a new world record in the women's 2,000 metres.
And on Saturday in Italy, Kenya's Clement Langat Kiprono wins the Rome Marathon.
On Wednesday, Cameroonian protesters demand the return of an artefact from former colonial ruler Germany. They say the Ngonnso statue was looted by the Germans in 1902 and is of significant spiritual value.
A views shows an old poster of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Supporters cheer as exiled activists arrive in Conakry on September 18, 2021.
A view of the Blue Nile river waterfront in the north of Sudan's capital Khartoum at sunset.
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