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Jan 15 2016

A baby in parliament

Carolina Bescansa arrives with baby. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

Carolina Bescansa arrives with baby. (AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

(AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)



"Photographing parliament sessions is never particularly exciting -- they usually involve sitting through hours of discussion and rarely do you get a non-institutional picture," writes AFP's Madrid-based photographer Pierre-Philippe Marcou. "Unless of course a deputy spends the session with a five-month-old infant on her lap."

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Jan 7 2016

In the holy house of... the skateboard

(AFP/Cesar Manso)

(AFP/Cesar Manso)

(AFP/Cesar Manso)



Looking for a nice photo essay to do in the quiet period between Christmas and New Year, AFP's photographer stringer in northern Spain Cesar Manso stumbled upon a temple to skateboarding. Literally.

It's called the Church of Skate.

A former house of the Lord bought by a group of skateboarding enthusiasts who wanted a place where they could practice their passion no matter what the weather outside (it rains quite a lot in this part of the country). So they bought a disused, drab church in a small town in what was once an industrial zone. It's not drab anymore.

Not since Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel painted it in his distinctive style, full of color and geometric shapes.

"It's pretty incredible. A curious mix of religious architecture and street art. And in the middle of it all, you have skaters doing their tricks on wooden ramps."

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Oct 22 2015

Leaving in a Spanish state of mind

It's pulp galore at the "tomatina

It's pulp galore at the "tomatina

It's pulp galore at the "tomatina" festival in the village of Bunol, near Valencia. (AFP/Biel Alino)



Roland Lloyd Parry is leaving in a Spanish state of mind after a four-year assignment in Madrid.



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Mar 18 2015

A roach with your ceviche?

A woman prepares Chicharron (fried pork) sandwiches at Mistura Fair 2009, an international gastronomic fair in Lima, on September 27, 2009. (AFP PHOTO/RAUL GARCIA PEREIRA) A woman prepares Chicharron (fried pork) sandwiches at Mistura Fair 2009, an international gastronomic fair in Lima, on September 27, 2009. (AFP PHOTO/RAUL GARCIA PEREIRA)

(AFP Photo / Raul Garcia Pereira)


"Within every Peruvian lurks an inner chef, an inner food critic," writes AFP's Lima correspondent Moises Avila, who returned home after 10 years abroad to witness a food revolution in the city recently dubbed a gastronomic mecca. "The specialities that delight today’s tourists were born on simple stoves, rustled up by our ancestors who concocted dishes with whatever they could lay their hands on."

"But every Peruvian also has his 'Tia Veneno' – his 'Aunty Poison' – the street vendors who throw together the dishes that everyone eats, in the hygiene conditions everyone can well imagine, without anyone dying of food poisoning. And some things remain the same as ever. Like the possibility of stumbling across a crunchy, six-legged surprise in a dish bought on the sidewalk."

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Jun 24 2014

Spain's crisis: Noisy helicopters, silent airports

A waiter in Madrid bars police from his restaurant after "indignados" demonstrators sought refuge there. (AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

A waiter in Madrid bars police from his restaurant after "indignados" demonstrators sought refuge there. (AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)


AFP Madrid correspondent Katell Abiven has been covering Spain for the past four years, coinciding with an unprecedented slide of the Spanish economy from boom into deep crisis. As she prepares to join AFP’s Latin America team in the Montevideo regional hub, Katell looks back at the Spanish economic collapse.

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