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The AFP provides 16 major news services, which are verified and broadcast in real time.

Thanks to its international network and editorial expertise, the AFP is able to provide high quality text services to press, audiovisual, mobile and online news professionals.

Novartis Japan hit with suspension over side-effect reporting

Japanese health authorities said Friday that they have ordered the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to temporarily suspend its operations for failing to report drug side effects.

  1. 5.000
    dispatches, 1.250 as illustrated articles, per day
  2. 6
    major languages

    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

  3. 23
    formats

    Stories delivered in XML format Metadata for optimal integration.

5000 dispatches, 1250 as illustrated articles, per day, 6 majors languages

The AFP’s text services provide everything from breaking news to features, reports, interviews and profiles.

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All news categories are covered, with a particular focus on politics, economics, sport and social issues.

All stories are subject to our rigorous rules on verification, contextualisation and perspective.

AFP journalists on the ground in France and around the world, at times of war and peace, constantly strive to meet the expectations of news professionals in terms of speed and reliability.

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Each and everyday, an average of :

French: 1.500 stories
English: 700 stories
Spanish: 400 stories
Arabic: 250 stories
Deutsch: 200 stories
Portuguese: 150 stories

 

Coverage which is both regional and international

AFP covers both international and regional news. This is why every text service has its own specific regional identity combining world news and news from the continent and area where it is based.
AFP’s text services regularly publish editorial calendars and memos that enable our customers to plan news coverage. Regional agendas list major events scheduled to take place the following day, week and month. Detailed regional coverage forecasts are also updated and made available several times per day.
AFP’s network is present in 150 countries throughout the world. The Agency has some 2,200 employees, of 80 different nationalities who keep constant watch on developments, from a multicultural perspective. The responsiveness of the Agency’s network means that teams can be moved quickly to global hotspots.

AFP’s text products can be used either via access to the complete content of one or more services, or via a category based selection in one or more languages, according to client needs.

AFP’s text services are covered by a global news reporting policy, which also includes the photo, video, graphics and multimedia services.

Thousands of customers all over the world use AFP’s text services on a daily basis to meet their various needs:

  • News professionals
  • Suppliers and integrators of mobile and multimedia services
  • Companies and Institutions
  • Public screen network operators
  • Available languages: French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese
  • Metadata: keywords, IPTC, financial codes. All AFP stories contain themed keywords describing the key news points, along with IPTC tag names. Stories covering listed companies include the company’s stock market value code.
  • Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Disseminated: internationally.
  • Delivery: satellite, FTP, download site AFP Forum
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 27/02/2015 04:37

    China bans ivory carving imports for one year

    Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings, amid international criticism that rapidly-growing Chinese demand could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation.

  • 26/02/2015 06:31

    US Senate strikes deal to avert homeland security shutdown

    US Senate leaders struck a deal to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday's deadline.

  • 26/02/2015 00:15

    Short and sweet as batsmen eye Eden Park run riot

    Seductive for batsmen, challenging for bowlers and frustrating for captains, Auckland's Eden Park takes centre-stage on Saturday with the ground's peculiar dimensions proving the major talking point for New Zealand and Australia.

  • 26/02/2015 00:04

    Morgan Stanley to pay $2.6 bn to settle mortgage bond probe

    Morgan Stanley said Wednesday it had reached a preliminary agreement with the Justice Department to pay $2.6 billion to settle a probe into its marketing of mortgage-backed securities.

  • 25/02/2015 23:32

    Qantas roars back into black after aggressive cost-cutting

    Australian carrier Qantas on Thursday roared back into the black after an aggressive shake-up to stem mounting losses, posting its best interim result in four years helped by a revival in its international arm.

  • 27/02/2015 07:26

    Liverpool focus on home after Istanbul shock exit

    A bruised Liverpool will narrow their focus to domestic competitions after being slung out of the Europa League at the round of 32 stage by Besiktas in a thrilling penalty shoot out.

  • 27/02/2015 05:33

    IOC relaxes rule on athlete sponsors for Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee is to relax regulations barring athletes from promoting non-official sponsors during the Olympics following an outcry over attempts to enforce the rule at the London 2012 Games, a spokesman said.

  • 26/02/2015 16:35

    Murray suffers shock defeat to lucky loser Coric

    Andy Murray suffered one of the biggest shocks of his illustrious career on Thursday, crashing to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Croatian teenager Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open.

  • 26/02/2015 15:49

    Murray believes grass court changes can bring more success

    Andy Murray believes his chances of reprising his historic 2013 Wimbledon triumph may be helped by long-awaited changes in the grass court calendar.

  • 26/02/2015 13:29

    Old flaws harpoon Arsenal in Champions League

    Arsenal supporters accustomed to seeing their team qualify for the Champions League year after year are beginning to adjust to a new routine: wretched elimination in the competition's last 16.

  • 27/02/2015 07:54

    Size of 2019 World Cup still to be decided: ICC

    The number of teams taking part in the 2019 World Cup hasn't been finalised, the International Cricket Council told AFP on Friday as it responded to growing criticism that its proposed cut risked damaging the sport's development.

  • 27/02/2015 07:38

    Two worlds collide as India face UAE in Cricket World Cup

    Two worlds collide on Saturday when mighty India tackle the United Arab Emirates' team of shipping clerks and airline staff, with at least two of the Gulf amateurs relishing the World Cup showdown at the WACA.

  • 27/02/2015 07:13

    Cologne look for a miracle at Bayern Munich

    Cologne's Peter Stoeger admits they may need a miracle at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Friday with the Bavarian giants scoring 16 goals without reply in recent league games.

  • 27/02/2015 07:11

    After Arsenal, mean Monaco look to lock out PSG

    Monaco follow up their stunning defeat of Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek by hosting French champions Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

  • 27/02/2015 07:09

    Co-hosts set for Cricket World Cup fireworks

    One of the World Cup's biggest games pits high-flying New Zealand against four-time champions Australia at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday in a match that could well be a dress rehearsal for the final.