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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.

Ryu bags nine birdies in Canada, grabs LPGA lead

South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon fired a bogey-free opening round of nine-under par 63 Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead over compatriot Choi Na-Yeon at the LPGA Canadian Women's Open.

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

    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

  3. 23

    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.



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
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 21/08/2014 23:23

    Griesa refrains from contempt charge against Argentina

    US judge Thomas Griesa on Thursday branded Argentina's move to pay bondholders against his orders "illegal", but he held back from ruling the country in contempt of court.

  • 21/08/2014 19:38

    Foley death underlines Western agony of ransom payment

    To pay or not to pay? James Foley's beheading underscores the agonising dilemma governments face in hostage situations: paying a ransom that funds kidnappers and encourages more hostage-taking or refusing and risking the US journalist's fate.

  • 21/08/2014 19:16

    New delay for launch of Europe navigation satellites

    Bad weather delayed the liftoff Thursday of a rocket with two new satellites for Europe's rival to GPS, launch firm Arianespace said as it announced 12 orbiters will join the constellation from next year.

  • 21/08/2014 15:00

    Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war

    Russian authorities launched nationwide inspections of McDonald's restaurants Thursday after shutting three wildly-popular Moscow locations on apparent government orders aimed at striking back against biting Western sanctions.

  • 21/08/2014 06:35

    Parents of US journalist Foley praise their 'fearless' son

    Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State jihadists, with his parents praising their "fearless" son.

  • 22/08/2014 00:30

    Split loyalties in rocket-hit town in east Ukraine

    Three days after a hail of rocket fire shook their homes, residents in Olenivka are still digging out casings from their gardens and arguing over which side shot at them.

  • 22/08/2014 00:02

    Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

    Malaysia will drape itself in black for a national day of mourning Friday as it welcomes home the remains of 20 citizens killed on downed Flight MH17.

  • 21/08/2014 23:21

    Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen': US

    The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional "terrorist group" and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 22:15

    National Guard ordered out of US riot town

    National Guard troops withdrew Thursday from a US town gripped by nearly two weeks of protests over the fatal police shooting of a black teenager, as new details emerged about the white officer who pulled the trigger.

  • 21/08/2014 21:45

    Ukraine president pledges to 'talk peace' with Putin

    Ukraine's president said he will "talk peace" with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by demanding the withdrawal of pro-Kremlin militants from the war-torn east when they meet next week for the first time in months.

  • 21/08/2014 23:38

    Tourism tanks in Crimea under the Russian flag

    Restaurant owner Galina Anchukova looks out across the seaside promenade in sunny Feodosia, with its straggle of strolling tourists, and sees a wasted financial opportunity.

  • 21/08/2014 22:23

    S&P 500 cruises to new record

    The S&P 500 set a new record Thursday as US stocks powered higher, shrugging off geopolitical problems elsewhere and gaining from fresh signs of strength in the US economy.

  • 21/08/2014 22:06

    Google to help boost Greece's tourism industry

    Internet giant Google will offer management courses to 3,000 tourism businesses on the island of Crete as part of an initiative to promote the sector in Greece, industry union Sete said on Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 21:53

    Germany sues Swiss bank over vanished East German cash

    Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of millions of euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 20:44

    European stocks advance as Fed hints at rate rise

    European stock markets climbed on Thursday, cheered by hints the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected in view of US growth, despite mixed eurozone data.

  • 21/08/2014 17:39

    India blocks release of Indira Gandhi assassination film

    India's government on Thursday blocked the release of a controversial film on the assassination of former Indian premier Indira Gandhi after calls grew for it to be banned for glorifying her killers.

  • 21/08/2014 12:54

    Berlin film festival to honour Wim Wenders

    The 65th Berlin film festival in February will award German film director Wim Wenders an honorary Golden Bear prize for lifetime achievement and showcase a retrospective of his work, organisers said Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 10:20

    Shakira hit song 'Loca' a copy: judge

    Colombian pop star Shakira's 2010 hit song "Loca" is an illegal copy of a tune written by a Dominican musician in 1998, a US judge said Wednesday in a copyright trial.

  • 20/08/2014 15:31

    Jackie Chan apologises after son's cannabis bust

    Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan said Wednesday he felt "ashamed" of his son's detention on drug-related charges, adding he had "failed to educate" his child.

  • 20/08/2014 12:36

    Psy's agency gets $60 mn boost from French giant LVMH

    A fund backed by French luxury giant LVMH plans to make a rare $60 million investment in a South Korean entertainment agency that counts "Gangnam Style" star Psy among its clients, the agency said Wednesday.

  • 22/08/2014 01:49

    Ryu bags nine birdies in Canada, grabs LPGA lead

    South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon fired a bogey-free opening round of nine-under par 63 Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead over compatriot Choi Na-Yeon at the LPGA Canadian Women's Open.

  • 22/08/2014 01:18

    Viviani denies Voigt, Van Garderen keeps lead

    Elia Viviani led a stream of sprinters past a tiring Jens Voigt to win the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race Thursday while Tejay Van Garderen kept the overall lead.

  • 22/08/2014 00:51

    Streaking McIlroy struggles, Van Pelt grabs lead

    Top-ranked Rory McIlroy's bid to become only the fifth player to win four consecutive PGA events started poorly Thursday at the Barclays while American Bo Van Pelt took the lead.

  • 21/08/2014 23:13

    Wimbledon champion Kvitova reaches New Haven semis

    Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

  • 21/08/2014 23:01

    Lavillenie's 20-win streak ends in chilly Stockholm

    Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie suffered a surprise defeat at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday, just five days after the Frenchman wrapped up a third consecutive European title.