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Friday 24 October 2014 - Eye witness


Supporters of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff  demonstrate against corruption in the state oil company Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro on September 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Vanderlei Almeida)

"Along with 202 million Brazilians, I've spent the past weeks watching the most vitriolic election campaign in the country's recent history", writes Laura Bonilla, AFP deputy bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro. "The rivals on the ballot for Sunday's presidential run-off have torn into each other in a series of televised debates, accusing one another -- explicitly or by insinuation -- of corruption, nepotism, incompetence, drunk or drugged driving, beating women, and using Nazi propaganda tactics, among other things".

"Then, without fail, Dilma Rousseff, the leftist incumbent, and Aecio Neves, her center-right challenger, kiss each other on their sweaty, heavily made-up cheeks, smile and exchange congratulations."

(AFP Photo / Vanderlei Almeida)


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Beers and leers: Sexism at the World Cup

Wednesday 2 July 2014 - Eye witness

British tourists watch the Spain-Holland game in a bar in Manaus. (AFP Photo/Raphael Alves)

AFP video journalist Celeste Jones found herself in a jam-packed bar in Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, to film English football fans the night before England’s World Cup match against Italy, on June 13. She experienced soccer sexism first-hand.

(AFP Photo/Raphael Alves)

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Espionage in Brazil: Spying on Messi

Monday 16 June 2014 - Behind the image

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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Welcome to Rio: Brazil cops gear up for the World Cup

Thursday 13 March 2014 - Behind the image

Paramilitary police in Rio de Janeiro show off their body armour. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

“I was shooting photos of a special battalion that’s being trained to deal with demonstrators during the World Cup in Brazil,” writes AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, based in Rio de Janeiro. “I looked around and saw this guy standing there, sweating profusely, wearing full riot gear.”

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Batman Favela: Brazil protester becomes caped crusader

Thursday 16 January 2014 - Behind the image

(AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

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.

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Whistleblower

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Behind the image

AFP Photographer/Juan Mabromata
(AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Whistleblower


Buenos Aires, May 17, 2012. The city’s Boca Juniors football team is playing against Rio de Janeiro’s Fluminense club in the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores. AFP photographer Juan Mabromata is at the edge of the pitch, camera in hand. Fifteen minutes into the match, Brazilian defender Carlinhos tackles Pablo Mouche in the penalty area. Colombian referee José Buitrago blows this whistle. Carlinhos heads his way…

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Garbage as ecosystem: Rio's Jardim Gramacho

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Behind the image

AFP Photo/Christophe Simon
(AFP Photo/Christophe Simon)

Garbage as ecosystem: Rio's Jardim Gramacho


Jardim Gramacho in the northern suburb of Rio de Janeiro is the largest landfill in the Americas and a source of pollution for a neighboring body of fresh water. It will soon be closed. But as AFP photographer Christophe Simon found out, the site is also home to hundreds "catadores", or "collectors of garbage", that depend on it for their livelihood. 

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