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James Foley in Aleppo, November 5, 2012. (AFP Photo/Nicole Tung)

James Foley: focus on humanity amid suffering


Colleagues remember the American reporter James Foley, a beloved companion who was executed by jihadist militants. (AFP Photo/Nicole Tung)

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Afghanistan: Another man in a man's world

Tuesday 19 August 2014 -

Afghan women ride in the back of a taxi in a street in Kandahar on September 16, 2013. (AFP Photo/Siddiqullah Alizai)

Hong Kong-based AFP editor Anuj Chopra recently returned from a reporting mission to Afghanistan. In a heavily male-dominated culture, one of his biggest challenges was trying to find women to talk to for his stories.

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Waiting for justice: Rwanda’s ‘genocidaires'

Friday 18 July 2014 - Behind the image

Rwandan inmates crowding the main yard at the local prison in Gisovu. (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

AFP Johannesburg photographer Marco Longari visited Rwanda prisons in 2001, where he photographed some of the nation’s suspected “genocidaires”, accused of taking part in the 1994 massacres. It is only now that he is able to publish his images.

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How to survive a media scrum

Wednesday 16 July 2014 - Eye witness

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What happens when too many journalists are trying to nab the same information at the same time? AFP's Roland de Courson gives an insight into the media scrum.

(AFP Photo/Joe Klamar)

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Reporter short-circuits after interviewing robot

Wednesday 16 July 2014 - Eye witness

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AFP Tokyo reporter Alastair Himmer tried to interview a robot. The robot apparently had other plans.

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Suarez, Uruguay's raging hero

Thursday 10 July 2014 - Eye witness

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"As a Uruguayan, it was deeply painful to see our team lose its talisman, the explosive striker who had battled back from knee surgery to restore a glimmer of our little country's faded football glory," writes AFP's chief editor for Latin America, Maria Lorente.

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China grapples with the 'devils' of its past

Wednesday 9 July 2014 - Eye witness

Chinese civilians take part in an event marking the start of the war with Japan. Beijing, July 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)

As China marks 77 years since the official start of the war with Japan, AFP Beijing correspondent Tom Hancock watches a Chinese dance troupe reenact past strife, highlighting China's sometimes-schizophrenic attitudes to its former adversary.

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Climate change & hubris: Eyes wide shut

Wednesday 9 July 2014 - Debriefing

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Marlowe Hood was one of AFP’s science and environment correspondents from 2007 to 2012. As the threat of climate change looms larger, he contemplates just how bad things might be.  

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Back to Normandy: Photographing WWII heroes

Tuesday 8 July 2014 - Behind the image

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Paris-based photojournalist Joël Saget wanted to do something different to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.

He came up with the idea of juxtaposing contemporary photos of them with pictures taken in wartime. The result is a moving tribute to these heroic men.

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