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BMW cuts jobs, ends self-driving project with Mercedes

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:24 PM

The 6,000 positions make up a considerable chunk of BMW's more than 120,000 worldwide

JOB CUTS. This file photo taken on June 6, 2019, show employees of German car maker BMW working on a BMW car assembly process in a guided visit during the inauguration of the new BMW car production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

FALSE: Did Pope Francis bless the administration of President Duterte?

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

No, Pope Francis did not bless Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration

AFP photographer hit as Israel fires on Gaza protesters

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Mohammed Abed al-Baba, who has worked for Agence France-Presse in Gaza since 2000, says he was shot in the leg while wearing a clearly identified press vest and helmet

HIT. Photojournalist Mohammed Abed Al-Baba was hit on the leg while wearing a media vest in Gaza City. Photo from AFP correspondent Joe Dyke's Twitter page

When hope is gone – AFP's Shah Marai in his own words

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among the journalists killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital. One tribute to his commitment comes in his own words: an essay from 2016 that he wrote for the AFP Correspondent blog that also reveals his loss of hope for Afghanistan.

KILLED IN ACTION. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2012 Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Shah Marai (center) embraces colleagues Massoud Hossaini (left) and Lawrence Bartlett, after Hossain had won the Pulitzer Prize, at the AFP office in Kabul. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

White House restrictions on media trigger outcry

Feb 25, 2017 - 12:07 PM

UPDATED By restricting the access of certain media Donald Trump s White House takes things one step further triggering an outcry

BARRED. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on February 23, 2017 in the Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Prominent Cambodian critic shot dead – police

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED The death of Kem Ley comes at a time of heightened political tensions between premier Hun Sen and Cambodia s political opposition

KILLED. Cambodian officials inspect the body of Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley as he lies on a floor at a Starmart Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Restless Myanmar state sees mass anti-Muslim protests

Jul 03, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Rallyists are opposing the term Muslim communities in Rakhine State to refer to the Rohingya

ROHINGYA. Protestors rally against the Aung San Suu Kyi government's order to refer to the Rohingya as "Muslim communities in Rakhine". Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai reporter wins 2015 AFP Kate Webb Prize

Oct 06, 2015 - 8:18 PM

Thai investigative journalist Mutita Chuachang will receive the 2015 Kate Webb Prize from Agence France Presse for her independent reporting on human rights including Thailand s draconian use of the royal defamation law

INDEPENDENT. This picture taken on October 5, 2015 shows Thai journalist Mutita Chuachang posing for a picture at her office at the online news outlet Prachatai in Bangkok. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Agence France-Presse condemns Burundi inaction after journalist beating

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:02 PM

The violent aggression against our correspondent recognized and respected by the entire profession on the African continent cannot go unpunished

Patricia Evangelista receives NCCA's Ani ng Dangal award

Feb 12, 2015 - 6:32 PM

The National Commission on Culture and the Arts recognizes Patricia Evangelista s compelling work and reporting on disaster and conflict in the Philippines

#JeSuisCharlie? Media debates self-censorship of cartoons

Jan 08, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Should news organizations self censor the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad or use the images in the name of free speech?

CROPPED, BLURRED. CNN crops and blurs a photo of slain Charlie Hebdo editor and publisher Stéphane Charbonnier holding an issue of the magazine. Screengrab from Variety

Rappler reporter wins Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize

Jul 04, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Patricia Evangelista s moving video and text storytelling from her coverage of the Zamboanga crisis and Typhoon Haiyan stood out in a strong field of contenders for the prize

PATRICIA EVANGELISTA while on coverage in Tacloban City after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devasted Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Photo by Jake Verzosa

Syria rebels blow up Aleppo hotel turned army base

May 08, 2014 - 10:01 PM

A spokesman for Syria s biggest rebel alliance the Islamic Front told Agence France Presse via the Internet from Aleppo that its fighters carried out the attack

Slain AFP reporter and family mourned in Kabul

Mar 23, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Hundreds of mourners turned out in pouring rain Sunday March 23 to lay to rest Sardar Ahmad AFP s senior reporter in Afghanistan together with his wife and two of their children who were among the victims of a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel

SLAIN JOURNALIST. Sardar Ahmad, 40, a Kabul based staff reporter at the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency poses for a photo at the AFP office in Kabul hours before he, his wife and two of his three children were gunned down in Kabul's Serena hotel. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Sardar Ahmad, charming and versatile AFP journalist

Mar 21, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Sardar Ahmad covered Afghanistan s wrenching conflict and its life away from the bombs and blast walls

SLAIN JOURNALIST. Sardar Ahmad, 40, a Kabul based staff reporter at the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency poses for a photo at the AFP office in Kabul hours before he, his wife and two of his three children were gunned down in Kabul's Serena hotel. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

AFP reporter, family among 9 killed in Kabul hotel attack

Mar 21, 2014 - 8:47 PM

An Agence France Presse reporter is among 9 civilians killed in a Taliban attack in a luxury hotel in Afghanistan

World media in PH; Cooper slams slow Haiyan response

Nov 13, 2013 - 3:36 PM

International media’s extensive coverage of Haiyan shows the magnitude of the destruction and prompts the influx of aid

April 9, 2003: A statue, a bridge, and a city, fall

Apr 09, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Ten years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in Baghdad Agence France Presse s Ezzedine Said recalls the events of the historic day

The stone pillar that was holding the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein which was pulled down on April 9, 2003 after US troops moved into Baghdad, is seen on Fardous (paradise) Square on February 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ

Journalist abducted before in Libya now kidnapped in Syria

Jan 02, 2013 - 10:12 PM

A freelance American reporter is kidnapped in Syria and has been missing for 6 weeks

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper drip chemistry

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:23 AM

Could they be the next on and off screen couple?

'SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK' SAW Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as a 'cute' couple. Image from the movie's Facebook page

Accessible urban wear in NY Fashion Week

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:15 AM

MM6 caters to the fashion lovers with the devil may care attitude

MM6 IS ACCESSIBLE, URBAN and strong. Screen grab from YouTube (MARGIELAtube)

Finally, Indian village learns to Skype

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Casting for a movie made it possible for Indian villagers to learn about the technology

THANKS TO SKYPE, BOLLYWOOD actor Anupam Kher is part of the cast of 'Silver Linings Playbook.' Image from the movie's Facebook page

Michelle Obama designer sticks to color

Sep 10, 2012 - 9:47 AM

Tracy Reese keeps things loose relaxed and nerdy

DESIGNER TRACY REESE, WHOSE dress the US First Lady wore at her Democratic convention speech on Tuesday. Image from the designer's Facebook page

Victoria Beckham: Posh Spice, posh designer

Sep 10, 2012 - 9:32 AM

The fashion icon stays sumptuous at NY Fashion Week with a surprising collection

VICTORIA BECKHAM HAS SUCCESSFULLY transcended her Spice Girl image to become one of today's most recognized fashion icons. Image from the dvb Victoria Beckham Facebook page

Keira Knightley looks at love in a harsh light

Sep 10, 2012 - 4:24 AM

For the new Anna Karenina actress the character is a punch to the stomach

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AS ANNA Karenina (2012). Image from the Luscious Facebook page

Bob Dylan still rocks

Sep 10, 2012 - 4:14 AM

Like a Rolling Stone the music icon is still rocking fans around the world

AMERICAN MUSIC LEGEND BOB Dylan is 71 years old and unstoppable. Image from the official Bob Dylan Facebook page

'Pieta' win in Venice clouded by controversy

Sep 10, 2012 - 3:52 AM

Critics question the triumph of Korean art house director Kim Ki duk

KIM KI-DUK BRINGS home the Golden Lion, whether you like it or not. Screen grab from YouTube (televisionet)

'The Possession' still tops in US

Sep 10, 2012 - 3:33 AM

Looks like people really love scary movies — and Batman

'THE POSSESSION' SOUNDTRACK COVER from the movie's Facebook page

Lacoste pays tribute to founder

Sep 09, 2012 - 5:21 PM

The brand revisits its heyday at NY Fashion Week

A SCREEN GRAB FROM the Lacoste Spring 2013 show posted on YouTube (newyorkfashionweektv)

'Hotel Transylvania' reunites comedy veterans

Sep 09, 2012 - 5:07 PM

The animated comedy reunites Saturday Night Live cast members


Depp shares tattoos with ex-convict

Sep 09, 2012 - 4:53 PM

Depp befriends wrongly convicted Damien Echols whose story is told in West of Memphis

ACTOR JOHNNY DEPP. Image from Facebook

Canadian embassy closes as Iran escape film premieres

Sep 09, 2012 - 4:34 PM

Argo is a dramatization of real events that took place in 1979

BEN AFFLECK IN A scene from 'Argo.' Image from the Argo UK Facebook page

Alexander Wang glows in the dark at NY Fashion Week

Sep 09, 2012 - 4:20 PM

The young designer presents a collection of clean architectural lines and cut outs

A SCREEN GRAB FROM a video of Wang's full show uploaded on YouTube (FatalefashionII)

Asian fashion grads and their New York moment

Sep 09, 2012 - 3:57 PM

They hope to follow in the footsteps of Alexander Wang and Jason Wu

A SCREEN GRAB FROM a video of highlights from the Academy of Art University show in NY Fashion Week last Friday (mbfashionweek)

Joaquin Phoenix, Hoffman win best actor in Venice

Sep 09, 2012 - 3:33 PM

The two win the award for the Scientology inspired The Master

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, Venice Film Fest best actor for 'The Master.' He shares the award with co-star Joaquin Phoenix. Screen grab from YouTube (TheGuardian)

Sir Paul receives French Legion of Honour

Sep 09, 2012 - 3:22 PM

The Beatle adds another feather to his knighted cap

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY, forever a Beatle for his fans. Image from Facebook

Paris market begins Design Week

Sep 09, 2012 - 3:08 PM

The flea market ushers in one week of sophisticated chic and amazing French design

PARIS DESIGN WEEK will run from Sept. 10-16. Image from the Paris Design Week Facebook page

Legends live in Jason Wu's collection

Sep 09, 2012 - 2:45 PM

Legendary photographers inspire the young designer at New York Fashion Week

JASON WU WITH SOME of his models in a candid backstage photo taken by and posted in the designer's Facebook page

Kristen Stewart steals thunder in Toronto

Sep 09, 2012 - 2:00 PM

The Twilight star tries to put the cheating scandal behind her

KRISTEN STEWART WITH 'ON the Road' director Walter Salles and co-star Sam Riley at the Toronto Film Festival. Image from the Kristen Stewart Facebook fan page

Selena Gomez: Disney's next bad girl?

Sep 09, 2012 - 1:46 PM

Justin Bieber s girlfriend defends raunchy movie role

SELENA GOMEZ (left) AND VANESSA Hudgens (right) with Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine in an image from the 'Spring Breakers' Facebook page

Madonna backs Obama

Sep 09, 2012 - 1:15 PM

And we mean it literally

MADONNA WITH 'OBAMA' PAINTED on her back at a recent concert. Screen grab from YouTube (thebesttsabaat)

Prince Harry back in Afghanistan

Sep 08, 2012 - 1:55 PM

Is this his chance to shed his playboy image?

PRINCE HARRY HAS BEEN deployed to Afghanistan for 4 months. Image from Facebook/

Nipples and breasts checked for Chinese beauty contest

Sep 08, 2012 - 1:32 PM

Outrage flew over at Weibo China s version of Twitter

PROTESTS OVER 'ABSURD' BEAUTY pageant standards were expressed on Weibo. Screen shot from

Karlie puts bite in Fashion's Night Out

Sep 08, 2012 - 1:19 PM

Model entrepreneur Karlie Kloss sells healthy treats at the big New York event for good cause

MODEL KARLIE KLOSS IN a Brazilian-inspired US Vogue editorial. Image from Facebook

Lady Gaga and her 'meat'

Sep 08, 2012 - 1:05 PM

The pop and fashion icon s controversial meat gown goes on display for fans to see up close

LADY GAGA AND HER infamous meat dress. Image from Facebook

One Direction tops MTV awards

Sep 08, 2012 - 12:42 PM

The British boy band came out on top in the video awards


Time-bending opens Toronto fest

Sep 08, 2012 - 12:28 PM

The futuristic mob film brings together stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis

'LOOPER' IMAGE FROM THE movie's Facebook page

Scarlett Johansson, Longoria stand by Obama

Sep 08, 2012 - 12:13 PM

Hollywood stars with rags to riches stories believe Obama to be the right President

SCARLETT JOHANSSON IS ALSO the Avengers' sexy Black Widow. Image from Facebook

Sexy lesbian thriller winds up Venice

Sep 08, 2012 - 11:55 AM

A remake by acclaimed director Brian de Palma closes the film festival

'PASSION' POSTER FROM THE movie's Facebook page