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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.

Band Aid Ebola single tops charts in Britain

A new Band Aid single featuring stars One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin stormed to the top of the UK singles chart on Sunday after its release.

  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
  • 23/11/2014 20:16

    'Hunger Games' gobbles up box office top spot

    North American cinema-goers had plenty of appetite for the latest "Hunger Games" movie, with the sci-fi survival flick debuting in the weekend box office's top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.

  • 23/11/2014 13:16

    New world record for Corto Maltese comic book art

    A watercolour of the graphic novel hero Corto Maltese has sold at auction for a record 391,800 euros ($485,500), just months after a Tintin strip set a new world high for a comic of 2.65 million euros.

  • 23/11/2014 09:05

    Tiny Australian town rocks to AC/DC's new album

    Thousands of AC/DC fans Sunday flocked to a small, rural Australian town for the launch of the group's first new album in six years -- and also their first without founding member Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia.

  • 23/11/2014 00:07

    Gay singers test country music's appeal

    Church, pickup trucks and dive bars -- the imagery of classic country songs evokes "traditional" small-town American life. Now a rising number of openly gay crooners are testing just how inclusive that vision can be.

  • 22/11/2014 21:53

    Life no easier with Oscars, says actor Waltz

    For nearly three decades, Austrian-born Christoph Waltz was a jobbing actor in Europe. He finally came to Hollywood in 2009, and in the next four years he won two Oscars.

  • 23/11/2014 23:52

    Wallaby Beale seeks redemption from 'silly mistake'

    Troubled Wallaby Kurtley Beale says his redemption mission is still a work in progress, promising to learn from past mistakes and become a better player and person.

  • 23/11/2014 22:15

    Wawrinka won it for us, says Federer

    Roger Federer was the toast of Switzerland once again on Sunday as he applied the final touches to his country's first ever Davis Cup win.

  • 23/11/2014 21:36

    Koudelka wins ski jump World Cup opener

    Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic won the opening round of the ski jumping World Cup on Sunday to register his first career victory.

  • 23/11/2014 21:19

    Rosberg will bounce back, predicts Mercedes boss

    Mercedes Benz team chief Toto Wolff forecast that Nico Rosberg will bounce back stronger next year from his desert duel defeat by Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s title showdown Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  • 23/11/2014 20:50

    Vettel ends Red Bull career on low note

    Sebastian Vettel bade a sad farewell to Red Bull and a disappointing 2014 season on Sunday when he finished eighth in the championship-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.