Wednesday 7 May 2014 - Behind the image
"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."
Monday 5 May 2014 - Behind the image
"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."
Monday 17 February 2014 - Behind the image
AFP's Jennie Matthew recently moved to New York after 10 years reporting and editing news in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Here she reports from this year's Fashion Week in the Big Apple. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/AFP)
Thursday 19 December 2013 - Eye witness
"After 10 years with AFP reporting and editing news in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, I was exhausted by the unrelenting violence, cycles of pessimism and religious hatred," says AFP correspondent Jennie Matthew. Moving to the New York bureau, in other words, was a welcome change. But it was also a culture shock.
Tuesday 26 November 2013 - Eye witness
What could they be feeling? What was going on in their elderly heads? Questions swirled through my mind as I made my way through a heavy October rain to attend a dinner with former US prisoners-of-war who’d escaped Japanese camps in World War II and who only now were coming to the Japanese mainland for the first time.
Jacques Lhuuillery, AFP's Tokyo bureau chief attended an emotional pilgrimage for former POWs visiting Japan. "I forgive but I don’t forget,” one of them tells him.
Friday 27 September 2013 - Eye witness
On her way to a jazz festival in West Virginia, photographer Eva Hambach from AFP's Washington bureau came across this huge 19th century building. It's the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a former facility for insane people which housed up to 2,000 patients before shuttering in 1994. Workers in nurses uniforms are still there to welcome anyone who stops by.
Tuesday 20 August 2013 - Behind the image
Prisoners of a presidential vacation
On August 10, US President Barack Obama and his family traveled to Martha’s Vineyard for a nine-day vacation. The White House press corps travel pool went along too, to cover the president as he golfed, ate dinner with his family – and reacted to global events including the violence across Egypt. Jim Watson, one of AFP’s five-member team of photographers covering the White House, put together this video showing what it’s like to go on holiday with the president.
Friday 27 July 2012 - Eye witness
Hillary Rodham Clinton became the most traveled US Secretary of State in history – 102 countries in less than four years – earlier this month after touching down for meetings in nine nations during a two-week tear across the globe. AFP’s newly-appointed State Department correspondent Joanna Biddle describes what it’s like trailing a ‘rock star diplomat’ whose batteries always seem to be fully charged.