Tuesday 22 April 2014 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)
Monday 14 April 2014 Eye witness
Since I arrived in Japan 18 months ago, I’ve been saying to myself that to write about the ‘Konbini’, these incredible supermarkets that stay open 24/7, would be too much of a cliche, a faux pas typical of the hack fresh off the boat. But what the hell. I want to write about it, so here we go: The Konbini.
Thursday 10 April 2014 Eye witness
AFP video journalist Robert Leslie goes on a mission to Lagos, where he tries to interview Nigeria's best known healer-preacher, a self-styled "commissioned" voice of Jesus Christ. (AFP Photo/Robert Leslie)
Wednesday 9 April 2014 Eye witness
Beirut-based AFP journalist Karim Abou Merhi reflects on the life and death of Father Frans van der Lugt, the Dutch priest who was murdered in Homs this week. Abou Merhi had interviewed the peace activist via Skype in February and was struck by his unshakable desire to help the Syrian people, and the hope he continued to express despite enduring hardship
Tuesday 8 April 2014 Eye witness
KIGALI, April 11, 1994 --- I watch soldiers kill off the wounded in the hospital. With bayonets. Two young men are added to the bodies already piling up all over the courtyard. The morgue is flowing over.
I am witnessing a scene of indescribable violence and horror. I am authorized to be here, to observe, describe and tell the story, but without a notebook and without asking any questions. Later, I write. Badly, because the words won’t come.
Annie Thomas, who at the time of the genocide in Rwanda working as an East Africa correspondent, was one of the few journalists to witness the horror of what was happening. (AFP Photo/Pascal Guyot)
Monday 31 March 2014 Eye witness
"It was a childhood dream, going back to when I first devoured the 17th volume of Tintin's adventures, ‘Explorers on the Moon’. Now, 30 years and a sleepless night later, I was about to find out what it's really like to go to space. Well, sort of. I was to about to experience weightlessness."
Friday 28 March 2014 Eye witness
"An alarm sounds, followed by an explosion. A tank has just destroyed one of the concrete walls. Second blast: Another wall collapses. At the same time, an armoured personnel carrier smashes through the main gate. It’s almost 4 p.m. on Saturday March 22, and the Ukrainian base in Belbek, near Sebastopol, is under assault following an ultimatum by the Russian army." (AFP Photo/Viktor Drachev)
Tuesday 25 March 2014 Eye witness
Chaos reigns in the Central African Republic. Horrific violence is rife and lynchings are common. Though journalists aren’t necessarily the first targets, working in the troubled nation makes for a tough assignment, writes AFP Africa desk editor Jean-Pierre Campagne.
Saturday 22 March 2014 Eye witness
The senior reporter for Agence France-Presse in Kabul, Sardar Ahmad, was shot dead along with his wife Humaira and two of their three children in a Taliban attack on a hotel on Thursday. Here his bureau chief Ben Sheppard reflects on a much-loved colleague.
Friday 21 March 2014 Eye witness
Sardar Ahmad, a staff reporter at AFP, has been killed in a Taliban attack on Kabul's Serena hotel. Ahmad, 40, was shot dead along with his wife and two of his three children when four teenage gunmen attacked the hotel on Thursday evening.
Here is his final story.
Friday 14 March 2014 Eye witness
Video journalist Antoine Bouthier and economics journalist Patrice Novotny from AFP's Tokyo bureau make a rare visit to the reclusive Kingdom of Bhutan -- along with a multinational car maker.
Monday 10 March 2014 Eye witness
"Russia is going to incorporate Crimea into its territory and is not going to let it go. How many times since World War II has the map of Europe been changed in a stroke like this?" writes AFP's Moscow correspondent Stuart Williams. "While I doubt there will be a military conflict, a chill is going to set in on relations between Russia and the West which is going to make other crises seem positively amenable."
Friday 7 March 2014 Eye witness
Yesterday, we posted this picture but decided to censor the nipple to make sure we didn't violate any of Facebook's standards. But as several people commented under the picture, it is a strange paradox that it seems OK to show a photograph of violence against a woman, but not to let people see her chosen means of protest (toplessness.)
Monday 3 March 2014 Eye witness
"When you’re a correspondent in Russia, you get used to long waits and rigorous security checks ahead of official news conferences," writes AFP Moscow correspondent Germain Moyon. "But the scheduled appearance of Viktor Yakunovych took things to a new level."
Monday 24 February 2014 Eye witness
Just a few days ago, it seemed as though Ukraine's political crisis might be edging towards a peaceful resolution. Then everything fell apart.
Max Delany is AFP’s Caucasus correspondent, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is in Kiev covering the country's crisis and writes here about a historic week in Ukraine's capital. (AFP Photo/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
Friday 14 February 2014 Eye witness
AFP Tokyo videojournalist Antoine Bouthier was recently given an assignment: Produce a story on Japan’s booming “Love Hotels” – the popular but rarely filmed establishments where couples can rent a room for just a couple of hours.
Wednesday 12 February 2014 Eye witness
AFP Moscow correspondent Stuart Williams looks back on the months of protest that have transformed Kiev, a city that he loves. (AFP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Sunday 9 February 2014 Eye witness
Giff Johnson edits the Marshall Islands Journal newspaper and is a regular contributor to AFP. As a longtime resident of the remote Marshall Islands, he's covered many remarkable stories of ocean castaways.
Here's his account of the story behind the latest such tale, that of a fisherman who claims to have survived 13 months on the seas.
Sunday 9 February 2014 Eye witness
Mel Gunasekera became AFP's first full-time woman correspondent in Colombo when she joined in January 2007. She had covered Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist war and its bloody finale in 2009 and was widely respected across the country. On February 2, she was murdered at her Colombo home after confronting a burglar.
Her former colleague, AFP bureau chief Amal Jayasinghe, pays tribute.
Friday 7 February 2014 Eye witness
“My name is Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzman Reynoso.” Spoken in a frail voice, these are the only eight words to leave the mouth of the former leader of the Shining Path guerrilla group, responsible for some of Peru’s darkest moments.
Luis Jaime Cisneros, currently AFP's correspondant in Lima, was a young journalist during the height of the conflict between the Shining Path and the Peruvian security forces. On January 20, he attended a new trial for the man many in Peru blame for the country's darkest hours. (AFP Photo /Hector Mata)