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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.

Wrath of Khan: Netflix show Polo-rises Mongolians

The big-budget American series "Marco Polo", on the 13th-century Venetian explorer and his years at the court of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, is riddled with historical errors, say Mongolian viewers and experts.

  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.
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 Forum
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 28/01/2015 05:16

    World must prepare for 'war' against a global pandemic: Gates

    Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says the world must use the lessons from battling Ebola to prepare for any future "war" against a global killer disease, with the help of new technology.

  • 27/01/2015 08:06

    Stricken plane safely parachutes into sea off Hawaii

    Video from a US Coast Guard aircraft released Monday captured the drama of a single-engine airplane and its pilot splashing safely onto the Pacific Ocean thanks to a parachute inside its fuselage.

  • 27/01/2015 06:59

    China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports

    Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

  • 27/01/2015 02:31

    Americans still confusing Sikhs for Muslims

    More than a decade after 9/11, Americans who come across a turban-wearing Sikh are still prone to mistaking him for a Muslim, according to a study released Monday.

  • 26/01/2015 13:24

    Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68

    World renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos died in an Athens hospital at the weekend at the age of 68, the hospital said on Monday.

  • 29/01/2015 07:42

    Obama to request hike in US military budget

    President Barack Obama plans to ask for an increase in military spending in a proposed budget for 2016, with a request for $585 billion that would exceed funding caps mandated by Congress, officials said.

  • 29/01/2015 06:47

    Indonesia ready to execute foreigners after rejecting clemency

    Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies.

  • 29/01/2015 06:08

    Italy launches search for a new president

    Italy's parliament meets Thursday to begin selecting a new president with the race apparently wide open and much at stake for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is keen on having a friendly figure installed as head of state.

  • 29/01/2015 05:31

    US civil rights activists cleared -- 50 years on

    A group of black civil rights activists was exonerated in the United States, more than 50 years after being condemned to hard labor for sitting in a white-only area.

  • 29/01/2015 04:32

    Court clash over female guards at Guantanamo

    Barring female guards from handling inmates at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay poses a "risk" to the soldiers working there, the commander of a top-secret prison unit said.

  • 29/01/2015 07:53

    Samsung posts first annual profit decline in three years

    Samsung Electronics posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years on Thursday and saw resurgent arch-rival Apple barge in on its pole position as the world's top smartphone maker.

  • 29/01/2015 04:44

    Japan carrier Skymark's shares plunge after bankruptcy filing

    Shares in Japan's Skymark Airlines lost a quarter of their value on Thursday morning after the struggling carrier filed for bankruptcy protection, citing potentially crippling penalties over a cancelled $2.2 billion jet order with Airbus.

  • 29/01/2015 04:18

    Facebook beats forecasts with strong profit gains

    Facebook said profit soared on the wings of mobile ad revenue but stressed it is more concerned with investing in the future than making quick cash.

  • 29/01/2015 03:59

    Asian markets fall on back of US declines

    Asian stock markets fell across the board on Thursday largely on the back of declines in the US triggered by concerns over a strengthening dollar and falling oil prices.

  • 29/01/2015 02:00

    McDonald's CEO pays price for growing woes

    Fast-food giant McDonald's replaced president and chief executive Donald Thompson on Wednesday, after the company turned in another poor quarter of sales and earnings last week.

  • 29/01/2015 08:08

    Wrath of Khan: Netflix show Polo-rises Mongolians

    The big-budget American series "Marco Polo", on the 13th-century Venetian explorer and his years at the court of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, is riddled with historical errors, say Mongolian viewers and experts.

  • 29/01/2015 06:35

    US entertainer Joel Grey comes out as gay

    Oscar-winning American entertainer Joel Grey, best known for his star turn in the 1972 big-screen version of the musical "Cabaret", came out as gay.

  • 29/01/2015 06:09

    Plot foiled? Sundance doc lifts lid on FBI stings

    The type of news item is all too familiar: US authorities have foiled a plot to blow up an airliner, or bomb the Capitol, or kidnap the president. Something along those lines.

  • 28/01/2015 08:08

    Placido Domingo revives Woody Allen Puccini opera

    Placido Domingo will star in a return to Los Angeles of Woody Allen's first opera production, Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," the opera house said.

  • 28/01/2015 06:21

    Street artists spruce up Spanish port

    When the Spanish city of Malaga wanted to clean up its sleazy portside district, it called in the painters -- big international names in the street art movement.

  • 29/01/2015 06:26

    Sangakkara century anchors Sri Lanka in ODI

    Veteran Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 as Sri Lanka posted 287-6 after electing to bat first in the seventh and final one-day international against New Zealand on Thursday.

  • 29/01/2015 06:22

    Super Bowl QBs Wilson, Brady a study in contrasts

    Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady make the Super Bowl 49 clash between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots a duel of contrasting styles.

  • 29/01/2015 06:04

    Red-hot Irving scores 55 as Cavaliers beat Blazers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, who were playing without injured superstar LeBron James, beat Portland 99-94 to extend their win streak to eight games behind an electric performance from Kyrie Irving.

  • 29/01/2015 05:50

    Rugby captain Parisse confident of Italy revival

    Italy captain Sergio Parisse expects his side to more than justify their place in the forthcoming Six Nations Championship following a lacklustre campaign last year.

  • 29/01/2015 05:45

    Boxers Pacquiao, Mayweather meet at NBA game

    Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather met for the first time by chance during the halftime of an NBA game, raising hopes that talks for a fight later this year might get serious.