Monday 9 December 2013 Eye witness
The OPEC ministerial conference in Vienna presents journalists with a no-holds-barred scrap for access to some of the key players. Global oil prices can be impacted by even the tersest of comments, so competition to get THE quote is intense. AFP Vienna correspondent Sim Sim Wissgott describes what it's like to cover the meeting.
Friday 6 December 2013 Eye witness
Bryan Pearson, as an AFP correspondent based in Johannesburg, closely covered the period from Nelson Mandela's release in 1990 until the end of his term as South Africa's first black president in 1999. During that time he and other reporters came to observe Mandela's growing standing as a global statesman while at the same time remaining humble and very much in touch with ordinary South Africans.
Tuesday 3 December 2013 Eye witness
Sofia correspondent Diana Simeonova visits a refugee camp in Bulgaria whose residents are all asylum seekers from Syria and Afghanistan.
They've paid thousands of dollars to smugglers and braved a dangerous illegal crossing, but they are now stuck in the deserted former army camp, under conditions that a visiting UNHCR official said "did not take an expert to qualify as inhumane."
Monday 2 December 2013 Eye witness
AFP journalist Amélie Bottollier-Depois recently visited Philippine communities ravaged by typhoon Haiyan on a lightning-fast assignment accompanying the US military on an aid mission.
“This assignment had lasted just eight hours. Eight hours of emotion, a rollercoaster ride between a jewel of the American navy, which in a different context would have been worth a story in itself, and the despair of a population suffering from a catastrophe without precedent in the history of the Philippines,” she writes.
Monday 2 December 2013 Eye witness
AFP correspondent Sebastian Smith and his family are on a yearlong trip aboard their boat the “Moon River” to investigate the many mysteries of the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. In this, his sixth installment, Smith visits a crumbling yacht club in Senegal that was once a popular hangout among wealthy expats.
(AFP Photo/Sebastian Smith)
Wednesday 27 November 2013 Eye witness
A devastating earthquake, a country cut off from the world, decisions unfortunately taken in haste – these are the ingredients of the case Morel vs. AFP, in which the agency was recently ordered to pay $1.22 million to Haitian photographer Daniel Morel.
The explanation from Francis Kohn, AFP's photo director.
Tuesday 26 November 2013 Eye witness
Flock manager Jane Chandler raises the rarest cranes in the world. For them to have a chance at surviving in the wild, the young birds must never see her face, hear her speak, or know her to be a human being.
AFP science and health reporter Kerry Sheridan recently donned a bird disguise and visited the magnificent creatures to see how they are faring under intense efforts to save them from extinction.
Tuesday 26 November 2013 Eye witness
What could they be feeling? What was going on in their elderly heads? Questions swirled through my mind as I made my way through a heavy October rain to attend a dinner with former US prisoners-of-war who’d escaped Japanese camps in World War II and who only now were coming to the Japanese mainland for the first time.
Jacques Lhuuillery, AFP's Tokyo bureau chief attended an emotional pilgrimage for former POWs visiting Japan. "I forgive but I don’t forget,” one of them tells him.
Thursday 21 November 2013 Eye witness
How AFP covered the assassination of American President John F Kennedy 50 years ago, on November 22, 1963. (AFP Photo)
Monday 11 November 2013 Eye witness
AFP journalist Michel Sailhan is spending three months leading the agency's Athens bureau. That doesn't give leave much time to understand a country in crisis in all its complexities. Here he sees how much of Greece's present-day predicament is rooted in the past. (AFP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis)
Sunday 10 November 2013 Eye witness
Hong Kong desk editor Peter Stebbings has been at the forefront of AFP's reporting of many of the top stories from Asia over the past six years, including the tsunami of 2011 and the death of Osama bin Laden. Stebbings, who is moving to Washington DC with AFP, looks back at some of events to have rocked the region.
Friday 8 November 2013 Eye witness
AFP photographer Philippe Desmazes recently completed an assignment embedded with the French army in remote northern Mali, where a war against Islamist insurgents continues. His visit to the desert coincided with the deaths of two colleagues from Radio France Internationale, who were killed in Kidal.
Wednesday 6 November 2013 Eye witness
After two years in Hong Kong, AFP journalist Joe Sinclair pays tribute to the region's incredible energy.
Monday 4 November 2013 Eye witness
Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two journalists with Radio France Internationale (RFI), were found dead Saturday after being kidnapped in Mali's troubled northeast. They were on their way to interview a spokesman for the Tuareg separatist group in the rebel stronghold of Kidal when they were abducted outside his home. AFP journalist Jean-Pierre Campagne, who knew Dupont well after covering the fall of Mobutu in Zaire in 1997, pays tribute to a slain colleague.
Saturday 2 November 2013 Eye witness
AFP correspondent Sim Sim Wissgott is based in Vienna, where she covers politics and all things about Austria. Lately, she has taken to the mountains to cover the alpine skiing as well. With the Winter Olympics coming up, she got an early taste of the season ahead.
Wednesday 30 October 2013 Eye witness
Win Tin, 84, was the country’s longest serving political prisoner and, with Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founded the National League for Democracy. He started his career in the early 1950s as a night editor for AFP in Yangon, before entering into politics after the 1962 coup. AFP's Myanmar correspondent Hla Hla Htay and the former Yangon bureau chief Didier Lauras recently met with Win Tin in his home. (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu)
Tuesday 29 October 2013 Eye witness
"When I first arrived in Japan, in April 2012, I brought with me two kilos of cherries that I'd bought in a French supermarket, having stuffed them by the handful into a plastic bag. I didn't know it at the time, but I was carrying treasure," writes AFP's Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery as he explores the country's curiously expensive fruit fetish. (AFP Photo / Roland de Courson)
Thursday 24 October 2013 Eye witness
AFP's Australia correspondent Amy Coopes, who is covering the country's wildfires, recently got a little too close for comfort to the flames and the smoke.
Wednesday 23 October 2013 Eye witness
At first glance sumo and bull fighting don’t have much in common. For one thing, nobody dies in the Japanese arenas. There’s not even any blood or, for that matter. But, as AFP's Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery finds out, a look beyond the surface finds striking similarities between the two sports.
Sunday 20 October 2013 Eye witness
Summer 1916. The Somme, northern France. German prisoners dig graves in anticipation of coming combat. French soldiers nonchalantly look on at the empty tombs which, within a few days, could be theirs. The captives know their lives will be spared, unlike those who are watching them. The photo was taken by Frantz Adam, a soldier and an amateur photographer. Dozens of his images from the Great War have been rediscovered and entrusted to AFP.