From death strip to ‘Green Belt’ of life | AFP

Once a zone blocked off with barbed wire, littered with landmines and manned by soldiers with shoot-to-kill orders, today, much of the 1,393-km (865-mile) border dividing the former East from the West is a thriving nature paradise, where more than 1,200 species on the red list of endangered flora and fauna can be found.

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Vladimir Putin meets with Cyril Ramaphosa at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. Putin is hosting dozens of African leaders as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. IMAGES

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Putin meets with el-Sisi at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

Vladimir Putin meets with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Russian president hosts dozens of African leaders for the first Russia-Africa Summit, as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. The two-day event will see more than 3,000 delegates prepare deals and discuss topics from nuclear technology to mineral extraction. IMAGES

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AIDS | AFP Animé

Videographic on the AIDS virus. A major killer in the West until the mid-twentieth century, tuberculosis remains a menace in developing countries and killed 421,000 in India in 2017 according to the World Health Organization — more than AIDS and malaria combined. The Global Fund will meet in France on 9-10 October hoping to raise $14 billion for the worldwide fight against TB, malaria and AIDS. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Tuberculosis | AFP Animé

Videographic on tuberculosis. A major killer in the West until the mid-twentieth century, tuberculosis remains a menace in developing countries and killed 421,000 in India in 2017 according to the World Health Organization — more than AIDS and malaria combined. The Global Fund will meet in France on 9-10 October hoping to raise $14 billion for the worldwide fight against TB, malaria and AIDS. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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India on the frontline of the fight against tuberculosis | AFP

It was a major killer in the West until the mid-twentieth century: tuberculosis. It remains a menace in developing countries and killed more than 400 thousand people in India in 2017. The government of Narendra Modi has set an ambitious target of overcoming the TB “epidemic” by 2025.

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Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren’t alt-right | AFP

He may have become a far-right internet meme in the West, but Pepe the Frog’s image is being rehabilitated in Hong Kong where democracy protesters have embraced him as an irreverent symbol of their resistance.

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Trump signs name on Mexico border wall

President Donald Trump capped a three-day trip to the West by penning his signature in magic marker on the San Diego wall at the Mexico border. Trump calls it “an amazing project.” (Sept. 18)

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Cameroon president urges “national dialogue” on separatist crisis | AFP

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya announces in a speech to the Nation that he intends to “convene a major national dialogue” at the end of September to try to put an end to the deadly conflict between separatist groups of the English-speaking minority and security forces in the West. SOUNDBITE

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Vladimir Putin meets Giuseppe Conte in Rome | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome. Italy’s populist government has called for an easing of sanctions, despite Moscow’s ongoing crisis with the West. IMAGES

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Country singer Aaron Watson’s record an ode to the West

Country singer Aaron Watson’s new record, “Red Bandana,” is an ode to his Western heroes, cowboys and his 20-year journey in music. (July 3)

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New bust of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright unveiled in Pristina | AFP

A new bust of former US Secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, is unveiled in Pristina, with Albright and former US President Bill Clinton attending, as Kosovo thanks the West for the NATO intervention 20 years ago that ended its separatist war with Serbia and cleared a path for independence. IMAGES

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Presidents Putin and Xi attend plenary session of SPIEF | AFP

China’s Xi Jinping speaks at the SPIEF, Russia’s top annual business gathering. Dubbed the “Russian Davos” when the economy was booming, the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum is hosted by President Vladimir Putin and this year comes amid an ongoing crisis with the West. IMAGES

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China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Russia for three-day state visit | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Russia for a three-day state visit to mark a new era of friendship and reinforce economic ties that had benefitted from Moscow’s isolation from the West. IMAGES of Jinping’s arrival at Moscow airport Vnukovo 2

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