Michelle Obama issues emotive parting message
07 January 2017 | 7:00 am
Michelle Obama urges young Americans not to fear the future but fight for it, delivering an emotive farewell speech in which she said being First Lady was the greatest honor of her life.
6 Jun 2020
Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, a Yemeni journalist who contributed to AFP, two days after he was killed in the southern city of Aden. Raising his portraits and describing him as a "martyr", angry crowds shouted slogans against groups that are hostile to freedom of expression in Yemen, praising the talents of the young photographer and videojournalist who died aged 34, leaving behind young children and a pregnant widow.
19 Jun 2020
In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the Black Lives Matter movement saying 'internal policies' need to be put in place to stop racism and discrimination from occurring, while also commenting on the M5S fundings allegations and the future of the EU as he sees it. President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.
Court strikes out assault suit against Senator Abbo, Brazil first lady tests positive for coronavirus and more
31 Jul 2020
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18 Aug 2020
Michelle Obama blasts Donald Trump as an incompetent president who displays an "utter lack of empathy," as the former first lady addresses the opening night of the US Democratic convention, which is mostly held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
18 Aug 2020
America's political convention season begins with former first lady Michelle Obama addressing the Democrats' now-virtual gathering set to anoint Joe Biden, as President Donald Trump defies coronavirus concerns to rally supporters in battleground Wisconsin.
11 Jan 2021
AFP photographer Saul Loeb captured some of the most iconic photos from inside the US Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed Congress. In an interview outside Congress the day after, he talks about his eventful day, starting with a security officer telling him how quiet it was in the morning to initially thinking only a dozen protesters made it inside, and finally what happened when "hundreds and hundreds of protesters [were] streaming into the Rotunda from seemingly every direction." Loeb then describes what it was like inside Nancy Pelosi's highly-secure office after it was breached, where he captured a rioter with a foot on a desk and a note left behind that read "We will not back down."
24 Jan 2021
US First Lady Jill Biden thanks educators for their "heroic commitment" during the Covid-19 pandemic, a day after Joe Biden's inauguration. "I have never felt prouder of our profession," says the community college teacher, who will continue to teach after moving into the White House, making her the first First Lady to retain a full-time job.
2 Mar 2021
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo became the first people in Ghana to receive their coronavirus vaccines on Monday.
10 Mar 2021
Senegal's opposition leader calls for more anti-government protests. There have been clashes with police as Ousmane Sonko's supporters demonstrate over rape charges he faces that they say are politically motivated. Also, as the world marks International Woman's Day, Namibia's first lady speaks out about the hate speech she's faced over the years and urges us to think more carefully about gendered insults. Finally, we take a closer look at the stories of women driving change in Libya, Ivory Coast and Egypt.
14 Mar 2021
As the world marked International Women's Day, Namibia's first lady called for the confrontation of those whose go-to tactic when threatened is to insult, devalue and undermine women. Also, in Libya, several prominent female campaigners and politicians have been murdered or have disappeared. Yet many continue to work tirelessly to bring about change. And we meet Refilwe Ledwaba, South Africa's first Black, female helicopter pilot. Her foundation trains women in aerospace and aviation.
24 May 2021
Nigeria's first lady Aisha Buhari moments ago in company of her Children paid a condolence visit to the Family of the Late Chief of Army Staff.
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Authorities in South Africa are seeking clues after 21 teenagers died in a packed bar. Also, the G7 is to mobilise $600 billion of investment in global infrastructure projects in the next five years, including in Africa, in a bid to counter China's initiatives. Finally, we speak to DJ and curator Mo Laudi about the "Globalisto" exhibition by African artists in the French city of Saint-Etienne.
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A German court has sentenced a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to five years in prison. The pensioner is the oldest person so far to be charged with being complicit with the war crimes of the Holocaust.
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It is election season again and some words and terms will be flying around making you wonder what they really mean. Here are some of the words and their meanings.
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild war-scarred Ukraine. What does he mean by that?
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Baghdad is hoping to revive talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the deadly confrontation in Yemen. Diplomatic ties between Tehran and Riyadh have been non-existent for years.
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An oil supertanker that has been moored in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen since 1976 could break apart and unleash part or all of its 1.1 million barrels of oil on the Horn of Africa, the UN warns. Also in this edition: Britain's Prince Charles expresses regret for the legacy of slavery, and Rwanda is set to produce its own mRNA vaccines in a first for the continent.