Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal past | AFP

As Western cities see statues of slaveholders and colonialists toppled, Benin’s coastal town of Ouidah is going the other way, by restoring monuments from the slave trade era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, European slavers held more than one million African men, women and children in Ouidah’s Portuguese Fort before shipping them across the Atlantic in abominable conditions.

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Lead hurricane forecaster updates current season

This year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as a normal year. (Aug. 6)

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Summer without Americans on the Amalfi coast | AFP

The beauty of the villages of Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi is world famous, but today the normally bustling streets are practically empty. With fewer boats bobbing around the harbour and no traffic jams on the coast road leading to the villages, it has an air of low season. The problem is a lack of visitors, particularly from across the Atlantic. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means that tourists from the United States – where cases continue to rise – are not currently allowed into Europe.

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Saharan dust cloud looms over Mexico’s Cancun | AFP

After sweeping across the Atlantic from Africa, a massive cloud of Saharan dust greys the sky in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, sparking warnings to people with respiratory illnesses to stay home.

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Beach-goers bask in the sun on France’s Atlantic coast | AFP

As France experiences an early summer heat wave, beach-goers bask in the sun at Cap Ferret, in the Gironde region. The rise in temperature, due to a mass of hot air coming from Africa, is the first real heat peak since the arrival of coronavirus in Europe. IMAGES

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Argentine sailor reunited with family after crossing the Atlantic | AFP

When flights to his native Argentina were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, sailor Juan Manuel Ballestero hatched an ambitious plan: to single-handedly sail 12,000 kilometres across the Atlantic to see his parents.

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Today in History for June 18th

Highlights of this day in history: Churchill rallies Britain in World War II; Napoleon beaten at Battle of Waterloo; Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic; Sally Ride becomes America’s first woman in space; Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney born. (June 18)

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Today in History for May 20th

Highlights of this day in history: Charles Lindbergh begins his trans-Atlantic flight; Amelia Earhart starts her trek across the Atlantic; Freedom Riders attacked in the South; Explorer Christopher Columbus, comedienne Gilda Radner die. (May 20)

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AP debrief: Arthur forms, 1st named storm of season

Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida on Saturday, making it the sixth straight year for a named storm to develop before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season. (May 18)

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Coronavirus: drastic action could be slowing the spread of the disease in Italy — 31st March | AFP

Slivers of hope have begun appearing in virus-stricken Italy. Although the death toll remains high, signs are emerging that drastic action could be slowing the spread of the disease, with the rate of infections slightly declining. But across the Atlantic, Americans are preparing for their darkest days of the pandemic. Three out of four US citizens are now under some form of lockdown. In New York a rapid rise in hospitalisations has left the health system nearly at capacity.

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Memorial ceremony for victims of Storm Xynthia in 2010 | AFP

French Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne joins local officials and family members at a ceremony in memorial of victims of Storm Xynthia in 2010. Among the 47 victims along France’s Atlantic coast, 29 died in the small commune of La Faute sur Mer in the Vendée. IMAGES

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Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon to attend climate summit in Madrid | AFP

Swedish teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon, Portugal, after crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran to attend a UN climate change summit in Madrid. Thunberg, 16, has become the face of young peoples’ demands for climate action and made a point of making the journey back from September’s New York climate summit by sea rather than fuel-guzzling plane. IMAGES

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On the frontline to protect oceans, scientists scour remote Atlantic seamount | AFP

In the remote South Atlantic ocean scientists, divers and activists brave dangerous conditions in search of an underwater mountain. Its unique marine life is rumoured to be flourishing after an extensive ban on fishing. This Greenpeace research mission is part of its year long pole-to-pole expedition to lobby the UN for an international legally-binding treaty to preserve the oceans. AFP journalists joined the NGO on a nearly two-week trip to see the revival of Mount Vema and get to know the men and women who sacrifice life on land for ocean conservation.

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In the deserts of Dubai, salmon farming thrives | AFP

From a control room in the middle of Dubai’s desert, Norway’s sunrises and sunsets and the cool currents of the Atlantic are recreated for the benefit of thousands of salmon raised in tanks despite searing conditions outside.

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Cocaine fortune hunters attracted to French Atlantic beaches | AFP

French authorities have closed some beaches in western France as packages of cocaine continue to wash up daily along the Atlantic coast, with over 1,000 kilogrammes discovered since mid-October. In the coastal city of Pornic, locals say they’ve seen more people on the beach lately.

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Greta hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has hitched a renewable-energy ride aboard a catamaran that will take her across the Atlantic for a climate-change meeting in Europe. (Nov. 13)

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High tide: French police warn cocaine fortune hunters off beaches | AFP

Packages of cocaine and other drugs continue to wash up daily along the Atlantic coast, with nearly 1000 kilogrammes discovered since mid-October.

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Storm Amelie: elderly woman dies in Nice landslide | AFP

Heavy rains over the weekend killed one woman in the southern French city of Nice, as Storm Amelie lashed the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. The 71-year-old retired woman was found on Monday, buried behind her house by a landslide, confirms fireman Eric Pauletti. IMAGES

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Massive dolphin stranding on a beach in Cape Verde | AFP

Veterinarians are investigating the mysterious stranding of 163 dolphins on the shore of Boa Vista Island in Cape Verde. Despite huge efforts to get them back into the Atlantic waves, over 100 died. Environmentalists hope that the incident will raise environmental awareness around the world, as the causes are looked into.

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Bahamas PM gives thanks at UN for storm response

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander expressed gratitude on Friday for the support his country received from the international community nearly three weeks after one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record pummeled the island nation.(Sept. 27)

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NC officials worried about storm surge, flooding

North Carolina emergency officials remain worried about storm surge and flash flooding from Hurricane Dorian as it churns up the Atlantic coast. But preliminary damage reports from where the hurricane has departed are better than feared. (Sept. 6)

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As Dorian nears, Red Cross opens Fla. shelters

The American Red Cross has opened shelters across Central Florida as Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the state’s Atlantic coast. (Sept. 2)

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Record-setting Hurricane Dorian pounds Bahamas

A catastrophic Hurricane Dorian pounded at the northern Bahamas early Monday, as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded wrecked homes, shredded roofs and tumbled cars. The stom’s top sustained winds decreased slightly to 180 mph. (Sept. 2)

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