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Monday 2 February 2015

At the Red Army School

Children sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red army elementary school in southwest China's Sichuan province on January 21, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR) Children sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red army elementary school in southwest China's Sichuan province on January 21, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR)

(AFP Photo / Fred Dufour)


"In this primary school in Beichuan, in Sichuan province, the students wear the uniform of the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army, as the armed wing of the Communist Party was known during China’s two civil wars, the Long March and the second Sino-Japanese war," writes AFP photographer Fred Dufour. "The children look like a little regiment of the revolutionary force. The military-style uniform is an exception in 21st-century China. And for a photographer, it’s a goldmine."

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Pepper sprayed in Hong Kong

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 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 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.

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Thursday 2 October 2014

In Hong Kong, echoes of Berlin

Des milliers de jeunes Berlinois de l'Est escaladent le mur près de la porte de Brandebourg, le 11 novembre 1989 (AFP / Gérard Malie) Des milliers de jeunes Berlinois de l'Est escaladent le mur près de la porte de Brandebourg, le 11 novembre 1989 (AFP / Gérard Malie)

(AFP / Gérard Malie)


"There are of course plenty of reasons to say Berlin in 1989 and Hong Kong in 2014 are not comparable, yet they share intriguing similarities", writes Richard Ingham, who covered for AFP the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the handback of Hong Kong to China in 1997. "Enclaves, by the quirk of history that made them, are usually special places with a specific identity, often owing more loyalty to themselves than to the country that lays claim to them."

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Wednesday 9 July 2014

China grapples with the 'devils' of its past

Chinese civilians take part in an event marking the start of the war with Japan. Beijing, July 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao) Chinese civilians take part in an event marking the start of the war with Japan. Beijing, July 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)

(AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)


As China marks 77 years since the official start of the war with Japan, AFP Beijing correspondent Tom Hancock watches a Chinese dance troupe reenact past strife, highlighting China's sometimes-schizophrenic attitudes to its former adversary.

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