In Venezuela, the eyes have it
A year since his death, Hugo Chavez still maintains a powerful presence in Venezuela. Graffiti of his eyes has sprung up everywhere -- a reminder that Chavez is part of Venezuelans' daily lives, whether they like it or not. It doesn't matter if you are pro- or anti-government, it can feel like Chavez still controls what happens in the country.
Marco Longari is an AFP photographer based in the Johannesburg bureau. He recently went on assignment to Chad to photograph the nation’s efforts to fight elephant poaching.
Bangkok-based AFP photojournalist Nicolas Asfouri recently visited a refugee camp for Afghans living in Pakistan, where he made this series of images of children. Most of the camp's residents, exiled by the chronic instability of their own country, have no intention of going back to Afghanistan.
AFP photographer Bulent Kilic, usually based in Istanbul, is in Kiev covering the dramatically worsening events in Independence Square. He says it feels as much like a war as it does a protest.
The Great Odyssey is one of the biggest dog-sledding races in Europe. AFP photographer Jeff Pachoud talks about how he got this image, which won first prize in the "Sport Feature Single" category of this year's World Press Photo Awards.
It’s an incredible scene: Syrian pro-regime forces mingling amicably with rebel fighters in a southern Damascus suburb.
The powerful images of one of the ceasefires around the nation’s capital were captured by AFP photographer Louai Beshara and reported on by journalist Rim Haddad from the agency’s Damascus bureau. Here, Haddad tells the story behind the truce, a rare bright spot in a devastating conflict that has lasted almost three years and claimed more than 140,000 lives.
AFP's Jennie Matthew recently moved to New York after 10 years reporting and editing news in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Here she reports from this year's Fashion Week in the Big Apple. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/AFP)
Mount Sinabung, a volcano on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, exploded spectacularly at the start of February, spewing out huge clouds of red-hot ash and rocks and leaving at least 16 people dead.
Jakarta photojournalist Adek Berry headed up to the volcano the day after the eruption...
In the Central African Republic, a country torn by religious violence and tit-for-tat killings, lynchings are a near-everyday occurrence. But no one was expecting Wednesday’s attack, carried out by uniformed soldiers after a ceremony in the capital Bangui, where the President of the Republic had just celebrated the rebirth of a national army.
AFP journalist Anne Le Coz reports from the horrific event. (AFP Photo/Issouf Sanogo)
"Driving into Bor, the road is empty of all traces of normal life. Ragged bits of clothing and the skeletons of burnt trucks lie abandoned by anti-government forces that occupied the town for weeks. The smell of death is everywhere," writes Nairobi-based AFPTV journalist Nichole Sobecki after visiting South Sudan. (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)
Lesya Orobets, 31, is a deputy in Ukraine's parliament for the Fatherland Party of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko. On the eve of the parliament meeting Tuesday, January 28, she’d written on Facebook that she would not be attending, "as there was not the slightest certainty that after entering the chamber I would be able to get out."
In the end, she did go -- wearing a bulletproof vest. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky)
"I've visited Kiev repeatedly since 2005 and - like everyone else who lives in Moscow - enjoyed the laid back vibe of the city and alluring provincial atmosphere," says AFP Moscow correspondent Stuart Williams. "That barricades could be put up and pitched battles take place in the city was, for all the political turbulence that has always marked Ukraine, simply unimaginable."
Here is Williams' account of the ongoing protests in Kiev, and some of AFP's powerful images from the city.
"We’d been trying for two years to interview Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without any luck. It’s not easy for the media to reach the president of a country in a full-blown civil war whom Western powers and opponents have accused of war crimes.
Then, suddenly, on Tuesday, January 14, one of the president’s staff calls me at my bureau in Beirut. He asks me to come to Damascus the next day to meet up with the head of the president’s media and communication office..."
AFP's Beirut bureau chief Sammy Ketz describes his rare interview with Assad in Damascus, ahead of the ongoing peace talks in Geneva. (AFP Photo / Joseph Eid)
Batman Favela: Brazil protester becomes caped crusader
AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, based in Rio de Janeiro, recently visited a favela near the legendary Maracana stadium. Residents there are being evicted as authorities clear the area and rebuild ahead of the World Cup.
Many are protesting the evictions, including this 32-year-old dental technician who brings attention to the issue by dressing up as Batman.
Nairobi-based AFPTV journalist Nichole Sobecki visits South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation that was born less than three years ago. Today, the impoverished country stands on the brink of civil war.
(AFP Photo/Nichole Sobecki )
The Central African Republic is a land-locked country that descended into crisis after a coup in March 2012 year by a rebel coalition called the Seleka, who then installed their leader Michel Djotodia as the country's first Muslim president. He was unable to control the fighters, who went on killing, raping and pillaging, prompting Christians to form vigilante groups in response. AFP photographer Miguel Medina recently returned from an assignment to the troubled nation.
(AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)
These four apartment buildings top out to form a perfect square, directing the viewer's eye toward the sky. It's a perfect image to illustrate the real-estate frenzy in the former British colony, where prices are skyrocketing as mainland Chinese snap up property, explains AFP photographer Alex Ogle.
The Tacumbú prison is the most overcrowded and violent in Paraguay. More than 4,000 prisoners – three times the official capacity – are crammed into the dilapidated facility, located in Asunción, the country's capital
Photographer Norberto Duarte recently visited the decrepit prison and got a rare look inside.
AFP photographer Fred Dufour found this little boy in a children's hospital in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. He is one of the victims of the terrible violence currently being unleashed between Christians and Muslims.
"This little boy who I don't know just gave me a moment of his life. A life already so fragile and sad. His situation seems to encapsulate the plight of a whole people," writes Dufour.
"Well before the death of Nelson Mandela, it was clear his funeral could turn out to be a bit of a nightmare for journalists," writes AFP photographer Carl de Souza, who was in South Africa covering the burial of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, in the little village of Qunu.
The event was held in a remote part of the country under tight supervision. Access to the village -- it soon became clear -- was not going to be easy.