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Health workers dance to try to cheer up an Ebola patient at Kenama treatment center run by the Red cross Society on November 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Francisco Leong)

(AFP Photo / Francisco Leong)


The Ebola dance


Health workers dance in front of a severely ill Ebola patient at a treatment center run by the Red Cross Society in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on November 15, 2014. "The scene lasted two minutes", said AFP reporters Ann Chaon and Céline Cléry, who witnessed it. "A way to distract the patients — and try to bring some relief to their sorrow and fear. A moment of grace in a world hungry for it, in these dark days of Ebola. And we, too, were grateful for it."


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Shuruq (R), a nine-year old Syrian girl without legs,  plays on a swing with another child in a park in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 3, 2014 (AFP Photo / Baraa Al-Halabi)

"I came across Shuruq by chance one day, while walking in a playground in Aleppo", writes photographer Baraa Al-Halabi. "The nine-year-old little girl was playing with her brother, two sisters and mother. Since she has no legs, her big brother was pushing her on the swing".

"Aleppo was once Syria's economic capital. The town has been ravaged by more than two years of merciless fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. Daily bombings by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have left thousands of people dead and caused mass destruction. Shuruq's mother says she lost her legs when a bomb destroyed her home".

(AFP Photo / Baraa Al-Halabi)


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Militants of Islamic State group are seen just before and after an explosion from an air strike on Tilsehir hill near the Turkish-Syrian border on October 23, 2014 (AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)

(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)


A black flag torn down


Bombs launched by Western aircraft strike an Islamic State group position on the Tilsehir hill, west of the Syrian town of Kobane, on October 23, 2014. AFP video reporter Mostafa Abulezz tells the story behind these impressive images.


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A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014 (AFP Photo / Alex Ogle)

A Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police while he was covering a protest in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014. AFP photographer Alex Ogle tells how he shot this striking image.

(AFP Photo / Alex Ogle)


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Alleged Islamic State group militants stand next to an IS flag atop a hill in the Syrian town of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)
AFP Photo / Aris Messinis

Black flag over Kobane


Fighters keep watch under the black flag of the Islamic State group on a hill to the east of the Syrian town of Kobane. AFP photographer Aris Messinis shot the picture early in the afternoon on Monday, October 6 from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar, just across the border. Its unusual composition and the fact that the militants' silhouettes seem out of proportion to other elements led some AFP clients to call the agency to check it was real.

It was. Here is the explanation.


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A guest is pictured in the street before a show during the 2015 Spring / Summer Milan Fashion Week on September 21, 2014 in Milan (AFP Photo / Gabriel Bouys)
AFP Photo / Gabriel Bouys

The street stars of Milan fashion week


"A big fashion show is like a Hollywood film premiere: the A-list stars take their time getting there. But outside, the crowds arrive well in advance to get noticed, and snapped posing at a top world fashion event", writes the AFP chief photographer for Italy Gabriel Bouys. "This year, just for once, I slipped away from the catwalks and took my camera backstage, and outside, where I discovered a buzzing parallel world I had no idea was there."


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Israeli civilians stand near Mount Bental, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, as they watch through binoculars the fighting between Syrian government troops and Islamist rebel fighters on September 2, 2014 (AFP / Menahem Kahana)
AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana

War as spectator sport in the Golan Heights


"It is before dawn on the Golan Heights and a squad of Syrian government troops are engaged in fierce combat with rebels of the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front", writes AFP Jerusalem-based photographer Menahem Kahana. "The clashes are taking place just metres from the barbed wire fence that separates the Syrian side of the strategic plateau from the Israeli-held sector. I am watching from an abandoned Israeli army bunker, around 100 metres from the demarcation line. This is war, taking place right before my eyes, and yet it could almost be another world. I am not a target, and none of the fighters cares remotely what is happening on the Israeli side."

"I have the strangest sense of being in a movie theatre."


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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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A relative reacts after seeing the bodies of three Palestinian children, killed in an explosion in a public playground on the beachfront of Shati refugee camp. July 28, 2014. (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

Heartbreak: Reporting on Gaza’s child victims


AFP Middle East correspondent Sara Hussein recently completed an assignment in Gaza, where more than 1,280 Palestinians have been killed -- including more than 240 children.

WARNING: This blog includes distressing images from inside a morgue.

(AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

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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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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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Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini (left) shows the mark after he was bitten by Uruguyan striker Luis Suarez, on June 24, 2014 during a Group D match at the World Cup in Brazil. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba/Daniel Garcia)


Bitten: Trying to capture the Suarez chomp


Leila Macor, an AFP journalist based in AFP's Latin America headquarters in Montevideo, on how the agency's photographers covered the Luis Suarez's infamous bite.

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The Argentine national football team trains in Cidade do Galo, near Belo Horizonte, as seen from the hillside where journalists swarm in hopes of garnering some information. (AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Espionage in Brazil: Spying on Messi


"I’m not sure who first discovered this vantage point, but for the Argentine press it's been a veritable gold mine," writes AFP correspondent Mariano Andrade. "Because in Argentina, it seems like everyone wants to know even the smallest detail about the 'Albicelestes', as the national team is known there, and much of the training takes place in private. To feed the insatiable thirst for information back home, Argentine reporters and photographers swarm this hill from the crack of dawn and try to spy on their national team.

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London-based AFP photographer Leon Neal this month covered the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. This is a version of his blog that first appeared on his personal site.

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Seminarians of the International Seminary of Saint Pius X vie wearing their cassocks for the ball during a football game on May 25, 2014 in Riddes, Western Switzerland (AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)

AFP Geneva photographer Fabrice Coffrini knew about the ultra-conservative take on Catholic faith that put the Society of Saint Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, at loggerheads with the Vatican. But when he went to see the brotherhoods he discovered that they also play a devilishly good game of football.


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(AFP/Kauan Oliveira de Lima)

Photographing football in the City of God


"In the favelas of Brazil, kids play football. All the time. Everywhere. With battered footballs, on dusty wastelands, kicking them against walls. In the run-up to the 2014 World Cup, I was looking for a way to illustrate this Brazilian passion for soccer," writes AFP's Brazil photographer Christope Simon. "And what could be better than to ask a bunch of these kids to let me see their passion through their own eyes?"

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Women carring placards in support of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram attend a street demonstration in Lagos on May 14, 2014 to mark the one-month anniversary of the girls' abduction. (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Expei)

Horror and hashtags: Covering Boko Haram


"AFP in Nigeria has been attracting a lot of interest in recent weeks after we received videos from the Boko Haram militants who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from their school last month," writes Lagos bureau chief Phil Hazlewood.

"They first claimed responsibility for the mass abduction in Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, while a week later they showed about 130 of the 223 girls still missing, and indicated that they had all converted to Islam."

(AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Expei)

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The original image from December 10, 2013. The girl, whose name was not known at the time, waits for private water vendors to unlock a tap. (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

When AFP Photographer Marco Longari took this picture in 2003, to illustrate how hard it is for millions to get clean water, his life intersected with the young girl crouching by the wall for the briefest of moments. He had no way of knowing, but that one shot would inspire a man in the UK to start a clean-water foundation that would raise millions. A decade later, Longari travelled back to Kenya to meet the girl in the picture.

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(AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

"US Secretary of State John Kerry and his staff practically live on their airplane. Or they might as well," writes AFP photographer Saul Loeb, who captured this shot of Kerry having an impromptu kick-about on the tarmac at the airport in Cape Verde. "The specially modified Boeing 757, or C-32A in US Air Force parlance, ferries the Secretary, his staff, security and members of the press all over the world. So, when spending this much time on the road, any chance you get to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, you have to take advantage of that."

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A woman holds a gold-plated Desert Eagle handgun. (AFP Photo/Karen Bleier)

"AFP received an accreditation to cover the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the biggest pro-gun lobby, in Indianapolis," writes correspondent Ivan Couronne. "But 'accredited' is not the same as 'welcome', at least as far as the leaders of the association are concerned."

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