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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.

Christians hold out in Syria's Aleppo despite jihadist threat

Tens of thousands of Christians have fled Syria's war-wracked second city Aleppo but many others are determined to hold out despite their dread of Islamic State jihadists.

  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
  • 26/11/2014 15:39

    US consumer spending picks up

    US consumer spending rose slightly in October after stalling in September, while personal income growth remained marginal, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

  • 26/11/2014 09:21

    New Australian treatment could save wounded soldiers

    Australian scientists Wednesday said they have developed a "breakthrough treatment" to help soldiers severely wounded in battle, with the US to fund further research.

  • 26/11/2014 03:58

    In Ferguson, blacks say racial bias is fact of life

    When Sean Jackson became a father, he says he knew he needed to teach his son how to interact with police so as to avoid arrest -- or worse.

  • 26/11/2014 03:00

    Most US HIV cases not under control

    As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, according to a study.

  • 26/11/2014 01:39

    Coal mine fire kills 24 in China: Xinhua

    A fire at a coal mine in northeast China killed 24 workers early Wednesday, state media reported.

  • 26/11/2014 17:21

    US new home sales rise in October

    US new home sales rose modestly in October, with inventories on the market continuing to creep higher as the housing market recovery lags, government data released Wednesday showed.

  • 26/11/2014 15:48

    US stocks flat following mixed economic data

    US stocks were little changed in opening trade Wednesday as investors digested a stream of mixed economic data in the last day of business before the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • 26/11/2014 14:54

    US jobless claims rise

    New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose last week but kept within the recent low range that suggests a modestly improving jobs market, according to official data released Wednesday.

  • 26/11/2014 13:20

    ECB stimulus signal sends markets higher

    Europe's main stock markets rose Wednesday as the European Central Bank signalled it could begin purchasing government bonds next year, with sentiment also supported by upbeat US growth data.

  • 26/11/2014 11:16

    Profits squeezed at sanctions-hit Russian lender

    Russia's biggest lender Sberbank said Wednesday its profits fell 10 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2014 as the sanctions-hit bank stepped up loan-loss provisions due to the slowing economy and falling ruble.

  • 26/11/2014 18:31

    Ignoring woes, AC/DC sticks to rock formula

    One band member is retired with dementia and another has faced charges over a murder plot. But for the rest of AC/DC, the time-tested hard rock formula is still going strong.

  • 26/11/2014 09:00

    Prince vanishes from social media

    Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums.

  • 25/11/2014 23:58

    'Birdman' tops nominations for Spirit film awards

    Surreal theater drama "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton topped nominations for the Independent Spirit movie awards announced Tuesday, with nods in six categories.

  • 25/11/2014 23:19

    Courtney Barnett, slacker rocker, eyes heavier sound

    Courtney Barnett quit her job as a bartender in Melbourne in February. With a schedule that includes performances at some of the world's leading music festivals, it became increasingly difficult to put in hours at the pub.

  • 25/11/2014 21:20

    System of a Down to play Armenia to mark 1915

    US rockers System of a Down will play a free show next year in Armenia to raise awareness on the centennial of the World War I-era mass killings.