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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.

SpaceX cargo ship arrives at International Space Station

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft arrived Tuesday at the International Space Station with a cargo of supplies, including freeze-dried meals, 20 live lab mice and a 3D printer.

  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
  • 23/09/2014 11:58

    French PM vows 'no negotiation' with Algeria hostage-takers

    France's prime minister on Tuesday vowed there would be "no discussion, no negotiation" with an Algerian group linked to Islamic State jihadists that has claimed the kidnapping of a French citizen and stressed Paris would continue air strikes on the extremists.

  • 23/09/2014 11:07

    White tiger kills boy at New Delhi zoo: curator

    A white tiger attacked and killed a school boy on Tuesday who appeared to have jumped over a barricade into an enclosure at the New Delhi zoo, a manager said.

  • 23/09/2014 10:50

    Pro-Russia rebels say withdrawing artillery in east Ukraine

    The prime minister of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk said Tuesday that rebels have removed artillery from frontline areas where Ukraine had also withdrawn, in line with a peace plan signed Saturday.

  • 23/09/2014 08:16

    Suicide attack kills three, wounds 13 in NW Pakistan

    A car bomb suicide attack apparently targeting a brigadier in northwest Pakistan Tuesday killed at least three people and wounded 13 others, police said, though the senior officer escaped unhurt.

  • 23/09/2014 07:17

    China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism': lawyer

    A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent scholar from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority to life in prison for "separatism," his lawyer said, in a case which critics say could add to tensions in the restive Xinjiang region.

  • 23/09/2014 04:38

    Batman prequel 'Gotham' premieres on US TV

    The backstory of Batman's many villains came to life in a new US television drama series that Fox hopes will help lift its prime-time ratings out of the doldrums.

  • 23/09/2014 02:48

    FBI widens probe of naked celebrity photos

    The FBI vowed to widen a probe into the massive hacking of naked celebrity photos if necessary, after new reported leaks including nude shots of Kim Kardashian.

  • 23/09/2014 02:16

    Bids invited for Robin Williams' 'Mork' suit

    The famous red and white spacesuit worn by Robin Williams in hit 1970s TV series "Mork and Mindy" is up for auction next month, with an estimated price-tag of up to $20,000.

  • 23/09/2014 00:52

    Lion King is best-selling production of all time

    Blockbuster musical "The Lion King" was on Monday named the most successful production in history, raking in $6.2 billion at the box office -- more than any other stage show or movie.

  • 22/09/2014 23:12

    'The Maze Runner' weaves way to top of box office

    Sci-fi action film "The Maze Runner" weaved its way to the top of the North American box office this weekend, earning $32.5 million on its debut, industry figures showed Monday.