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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.

Hornets send Larrazabal jumping into Malaysian water hazard

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape a swarm of attacking hornets during the Malaysian Open on Friday in what he called the "scariest moment" of his golfing career.

  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
  • 18/04/2014 05:50

    'Pit bull' Pistorius prosecutor shines in court

    Through his fiery cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius and mauling of expert witnesses, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel has become a global cult hero and a rare poster boy for South Africa's beleaguered public sector.

  • 18/04/2014 01:23

    Guatemalan Catholics set sawdust carpet record

    Thousands of Guatemalan Catholics broke their own Guinness record for the world's longest sawdust carpet Thursday with a multi-colored masterpiece stretching down the main avenue of the capital's historic center.

  • 17/04/2014 22:55

    Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.

  • 17/04/2014 11:59

    Amazon hit by new strikes in Germany

    Two of Amazon's key sites in Germany were the target of fresh walkouts by staff on Thursday in an long-running wage dispute.

  • 17/04/2014 07:43

    A fetish for full body suits in Japan

    By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk, whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle make her blend in to any crowd.

  • 18/04/2014 12:08

    British teenager killed in Syria conflict

    A British teenager whose uncle was detained in the Guantanamo Bay camp has been killed in the Syrian conflict, his family said on Friday.

  • 18/04/2014 11:03

    Trott to take 'immediate break' from cricket, says ECB

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate effect.

  • 18/04/2014 10:53

    Hamilton battles back in Chinese GP practice

    Lewis Hamilton battled back Friday to set the fastest time in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix after suspension problems with his Mercedes earlier in the day.

  • 18/04/2014 10:29

    William and Kate hit the beach on Sydney visit

    Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate got to grips with Australia's beach and bush lifestyles on Friday, watching a life-saving display and a sheep-shearing demonstration as part of their tour Down Under with baby son George.

  • 18/04/2014 08:08

    Strike calls expected at teacher conferences

    Representatives from the country's two biggest teachers' unions are gathering in Brighton and Birmingham for this weekend's annual conferences, which are expected to hear calls for action over pay and pensions.

  • 18/04/2014 14:40

    At least 58 killed in S.Sudan UN base attack

    At least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in Thursday's attack on a UN base in South Sudan sheltering thousands of displaced civilians, a UN official said Friday.

  • 18/04/2014 14:06

    Egypt's once-feared police on guard against 'unseen enemy'

    Colonel Amr has forbidden his family to discuss his police work; with militants relentlessly targeting Egypt's security forces he remains perpetually on guard against what he says is "an unseen enemy".

  • 18/04/2014 13:39

    Scandal-hit advisor Morelle resigns in fresh blow to Hollande

    A close advisor to Francois Hollande resigned on Friday after allegations about an alleged conflict of interest and his extravagant lifestyle, in a fresh blow to the beleaguered French president.

  • 18/04/2014 13:17

    Arrest warrant sought for S. Korea ferry captain

    South Korean prosecutors sought arrest warrants Friday for the captain and two crew members of the ferry that capsized two days before with hundreds of children on board, a coastguard official said.

  • 18/04/2014 13:14

    Bouteflika set to win as Algeria awaits vote result

    Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term despite his poor health when official results are announced Friday after a vote marred by low turnout and allegations of "massive" fraud.

  • 18/04/2014 11:32

    Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade

    Asian markets mostly rose while the dollar edged up in holiday-narrowed trade on Friday following a mixed lead from Wall Street and news of a deal between Russia and the West to ease Ukraine tensions.

  • 18/04/2014 10:40

    Iran oil exports rise to 1.2 mn barrels per day

    Iran's crude oil exports have hit 1.2 million barrels per day, almost doubling from eight months ago when the country elected a new president, a top government official said Friday.

  • 18/04/2014 09:25

    Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

    Microsoft said it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November.

  • 18/04/2014 06:19

    US orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar

    A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida's orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets.

  • 17/04/2014 23:02

    Portugal gets another IMF bailout payment

    The International Monetary Fund released a bailout payment of 851 million euros ($1.18 billion) to Portugal on Thursday as the debt-riddled country gets close to exiting its three-year IMF-European Union rescue.

  • 18/04/2014 07:39

    Murakami's new book unveiled in Japan

    Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit the shelves in Japan on Friday with some excited fans queuing for the midnight launch.

  • 17/04/2014 23:18

    Garcia Marquez, an influence 'all over the planet'

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez was an enormous influence on a huge number of writers worldwide, in particular through his 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude".

  • 17/04/2014 21:42

    Nigerian museum 'X-rays' Anatsui at 70

    To mark the 70th birthday of one of Africa's most accomplished living artists, a Lagos museum chose to focus on pretty much anything but El Anatsui's globally renowned work.

  • 17/04/2014 21:18

    Oscar timetable back to normal next year, after Sochi

    Next year's Oscar nominees will be announced on January 15, and the show itself held on February 22 -- back to its regular slot after being held in March this year due to the winter Olympics.

  • 17/04/2014 20:12

    Egypt pulls Lebanese star's 'adults only' movie

    Egypt has suspended screenings of Lebanese film and pop star Haifa Wehbe's latest movie after criticism over scenes deemed sexually provocative.