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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.

Japan pension fund, world's biggest, loses $64 bn after stock shift

Japan's public pension fund -- the world's biggest -- lost a whopping $64 billion in the July-September quarter, according to a new report, as global equity markets plunged this summer on fears over China's economy.

  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
  • 01/12/2015 02:32

    The FIFA stars who voted for Russia and Qatar

    Five years ago on Wednesday, FIFA's executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar for 2022 in one of the most controversial votes in sporting history.

  • 01/12/2015 00:18

    'You're fat' card prompts London police action

    British police stepped in on Monday after a woman on London's metro system was handed a card calling her a "fat, ugly human".

  • 30/11/2015 23:22

    Struggling Bolton unable to pay players

    Cash-strapped Bolton on Monday revealed they have been unable to pay their players' wages this month and just hours later the Championship's bottom club were held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford.

  • 30/11/2015 22:44

    BBC reports BAT tobacco giant paid bribes in east Africa

    British American Tobacco paid bribes to officials in east Africa, including two members of a convention created under the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat smoking, according to a BBC investigation airing on Monday.

  • 30/11/2015 22:31

    EPL clubs splash out £130m on agents fees

    Premier League clubs splashed out almost £130 million ($195 million, 185 million euros) on agents' fees last year in a £15 million increase on the previous 12 months.

  • 01/12/2015 07:39

    Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea

    Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole.

  • 01/12/2015 07:11

    China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

    The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.

  • 01/12/2015 06:59

    Rise of Afghan anti-Taliban militias stokes instability fears

    Riding on horseback and motorbikes, commander Naeem's fighters combed a fog-enveloped Taliban infiltration route in Afghanistan's northern badlands, as the government expands anti-insurgent militias across a patchwork of fiefdoms.

  • 01/12/2015 06:58

    France, Belgium push intelligence sharing after Paris attacks: source

    France and Belgium want to improve intelligence sharing between the nine European nations most concerned with jihadist threats in the wake of the Paris attacks, a French government source said Monday evening.

  • 01/12/2015 06:47

    Indonesia's Papua battles AIDS epidemic

    Fifteen-year-old Adina curls up in bed under a sheet, her body ravaged by AIDS, one of many caught up in an epidemic sweeping Indonesia's eastern Papua region.

  • 01/12/2015 06:25

    The romance and the Kalashnikov: Pashtun cinema reborn

    Their tunics drenched in sweat, hundreds gather by the big screen, shouting and dancing their pride in being Pashtun amid clouds of hashish. In Pakistan's northwest, devastated by a decade of terrorism, this is how cinema is done now the local film industry is enjoying a renaissance.

  • 01/12/2015 03:37

    Final 'Hunger Games' tops box office

    The fourth and final "Hunger Games" movie shrugged off lukewarm reviews to rule the North American box office for the second straight week over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, industry figures showed Monday.

  • 30/11/2015 14:38

    Spielberg wants new 'Indiana Jones' film before Ford 'hits 80'

    Film director Steven Spielberg said Monday that he would love to shoot a fifth "Indiana Jones" film before the hero of the series, Harrison Ford, hits 80.

  • 30/11/2015 11:21

    Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist.

  • 30/11/2015 07:15

    'Call me Francesco': new film recalls pope's darkest moments

    The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, "Call Me Francesco", which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday.

  • 01/12/2015 06:37

    Stephen Curry stars as unbeaten Warriors march on

    Stephen Curry scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors survived a furious late onslaught from the Utah Jazz to stretch their record-breaking unbeaten season start to 19 games.

  • 01/12/2015 04:54

    NZ Cricket says no winners in Cairns trial

    New Zealand Cricket chairman Stuart Heal expressed relief Tuesday that the Chris Cairns match-fixing perjury trial was over, saying there were no winners in the "unpleasant and incredibly difficult" case.

  • 01/12/2015 04:50

    Australia to schedule more day-night Tests: CA

    Cricket Australia said Tuesday they will schedule more day-night Test matches following the overwhelming success of the recent trial against New Zealand staged under lights in Adelaide.

  • 01/12/2015 03:54

    Rugby legend Lomu laid to rest at private family funeral

    After sharing their grief with an entire nation for almost two weeks, All Black Jonah Lomu's family said their last goodbyes at a private funeral for the rugby legend in Auckland on Tuesday.

  • 01/12/2015 03:43

    Seahawks blow as knee injury ends Graham's NFL season

    Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn tendon in his knee, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed.