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Jan 29 2016

Sanders or Trump? An Iowa heart -- and vote -- at stake

Pauline McAreavy in her Iowa home. (AFP/Jim Watson)

Pauline McAreavy in her Iowa home. (AFP/Jim Watson)

(AFP/Jim Watson)



Pauline McAreavy, a feisty 82-year-old from Iowa, helps AFP's Washington-based correspondent Ivan Couronne understand why anti-establishment candidates like Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have become the rock stars of the US political primary season.

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Jan 27 2016

As long as it takes

Guantanamo, April, 2014. Photo made during an escorted visit and approved by the US military. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

Guantanamo, April, 2014. Photo made during an escorted visit and approved by the US military. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

(AFP/Mladen Antonov)



It has been eight years since the United States first charged five men with plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks and killing nearly 3,000 people. If it isn’t already, their case will soon become the longest prosecution in US history. 

On a visit to the US Guantanamo naval base in Cuba, where the court proceedings are taking place, AFP's Pentagon correspondent Thomas Watkins finds out why.

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Dec 28 2015

'Get behind the yellow line' - the Rockettes' orderly chaos

The signature move. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

The signature move. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

(AFP/Timothy A. Clary)



The Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall is a cornerstone of New York City’s end of the year holiday season. Along with the famous dancers kicking up their legs in perfect unison, the extravaganza features dancing Santas, a nativity scene with real camels, fireworks and a Santa Claus flying through the clouds on a sleigh.

AFP’s New York-based photographer Timothy A. Clary has been photographing Rockettes’ rehearsals and tryouts since 2003 and this year decided to take a look behind the scenes.

“Their show is perfection,” he writes. “But backstage, it’s perfection with organized chaos. If you stand in the wrong place, you’ll get run over. I finally got to see what goes on behind the curtain.”


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Nov 4 2015

In Cuba... at last

Havana, December 2014. (AFP/Adalberto Roque)

Havana, December 2014. (AFP/Adalberto Roque)

"Havana, December 2014. (AFP/Adalberto Roque)

AFP's Joshua Howat Berger finally gets to Cuba, 15 years after first booking his tickets.



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Mar 12 2015

Lost in a metal shell

A French Navy HawkEye prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on February 26, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ) A French Navy HawkEye prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on February 26, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ)

(AFP Photo / Patrick Baz)


"How do I feel about spending a week on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf? To be honest, as the prospect takes shape, I can feel myself tensing up," writes AFP's Valerie Leroux. "A week in a metal shell, nine storeys high, trekking up and down mile-long gangways and teetering ladders, to the non-stop soundtrack of Rafale fighters roaring into the air on the deck above? But to hell with claustrophobia, never mind deafening decibels, I decide to go all in and board a plane for Bahrain. I won’t regret it."

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Mar 11 2015

Tea in the desert with the Saudi king

Inside the palace at Diriyah farms (AFP / Jo Biddle) Inside the palace at Diriyah farms (AFP / Jo Biddle)

(AFP / Jo Biddle)


"Despite the glamorous sounding nature of flying around the world with top US diplomat John Kerry, life on the road often consists of hanging around anonymous hotel rooms or conference centres hoping for a snippet of information about closed-door negotiations," writes AFP State Department correspondent Jo Biddle. "So when the Saudis gave only limited access for the media travelling with Kerry to visit new King Salman in the ancient city of Diriyah, I jumped at the chance."

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