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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.

Mayoral couple flee after attack on Mexican students

With their designer clothes and jewelry business, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda had risen to the pinnacle of this Mexican town, flaunting their wealth and power.

  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. Find out more
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-Direct.com
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 24/10/2014 09:48

    The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'

    Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.

  • 24/10/2014 03:46

    US tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices

    The second largest tobacco producer in the United States, Reynolds American said Thursday it will ban smoking in all indoor office spaces, bowing to smoke-free social norms.

  • 23/10/2014 18:23

    Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch

    Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan Thursday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers.

  • 23/10/2014 17:04

    Canada parliament applauds Sergeant-at-Arms

    Canada's parliament reopened Thursday and gave a hero's welcome to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down an assailant.

  • 22/10/2014 23:20

    Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

    Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet.

  • 24/10/2014 22:57

    Britain, Sweden donate to struggling UN Ebola Fund

    New pledges of financial aid to a UN Ebola fund have reached $118 million with Britain and Sweden offering sizeable contributions after UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more money.

  • 24/10/2014 20:28

    Mourinho a self-made man insists van Gaal

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho deserves all the credit for his emergence as one of the leading coaches in world football, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said as he prepares for the pair's meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday.

  • 24/10/2014 19:20

    London stocks end lower before bank 'stress' tests

    London shares closed lower on Friday at the end of a week of gains as investors awaited the results of European bank "stress tests" this weekend.

  • 24/10/2014 18:55

    EU's Barroso says UK bill should not have been 'surprise'

    Britain should have been prepared for an EU bill of more than two billion euros that has infuriated London, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday.

  • 24/10/2014 17:52

    Murray battles past Anderson into Valencia semis

    British number one Andy Murray rallied from a set down to reach the semi-finals of the Valencia Open on Friday with a 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4 win over South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

  • 24/10/2014 20:43

    Mystery of Degas dancer takes to stage

    In Edgar Degas' celebrated sculpture "The Little 14-Year-Old Dancer," the precocious ballet student holds her head high but with a look of unease as she clasps her arms uncomfortably behind her back.

  • 23/10/2014 19:34

    Netflix to stream new online TV series, 'Bloodline'

    Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series, "Bloodline," set for release in March.

  • 23/10/2014 16:42

    Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs

    Oscar-winner Christian Bale, best known for his star turn in the blockbuster "Batman" film franchise, will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.

  • 23/10/2014 13:22

    Tokyo film festival packs superhero punch

    The Tokyo International Film Festival opened on Thursday with cult superhero "Ultraman" swooshing down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • 23/10/2014 09:39

    Tokyo film festival packs a superhero punch

    The Tokyo International Film Festival opens on Thursday with its focus heavily on Japanese animated movies and with cult superhero "Ultraman" set to swoosh down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.