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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.

Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border

An international group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing on Sunday of one of the world's most militarised borders between North and South Korea.

  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.
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
  • 23/05/2015 11:00

    California beach town cleans up after pipeline rupture

    A small army of clean-up workers toiled Friday to scoop up crude oil deposits from a picturesque California beach, three days after a pipeline rupture unleashed thousands of gallons into the ocean.

  • 23/05/2015 10:59

    German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets

    A 65-year-old German woman, who is already a mother of 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday.

  • 22/05/2015 20:13

    In Wilde's shadow, shyness and pride in Irish gay marriage vote

    While many voters in Ireland's referendum on introducing same-sex marriage were strolling around Dublin wearing "Yes" stickers Friday, many "No" voters were quietly keeping it to themselves.

  • 22/05/2015 17:12

    Adult dating website hack exposes personal data

    A data breach at a website billed as "the world's largest sex and swinger" community may expose personal and sexual information on millions of users worldwide, a report said Friday.

  • 22/05/2015 12:31

    Dogs domesticated over 27,000 years ago: study

    Man's best friend may have been his companion for far longer than believed, scientists reported, publishing an analysis that dates domesticated dogs to over 27,000 years ago.

  • 24/05/2015 03:17

    Labour to back EU referendum bill

    Labour will support Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times.

  • 24/05/2015 02:48

    Karanka awed by Middlesbrough's promotion showdown

    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka finds it almost impossible to believe he will be taking part in the world's most lucrative match when his side face Norwich for a place in the Premier League on Monday.

  • 24/05/2015 00:09

    DeGale defeats Dirrell to make British history

    James DeGale became the first British fighter to win Olympic gold and a professional title, defeating Andre Dirrell on Saturday to claim the vacant International Boxing Federation super middleweight crown.

  • 23/05/2015 22:31

    Saracens edge past Saints as Bath batter Leicester

    Saracens gained revenge for their defeat by Northampton in last season's Premiership final with a 29-24 semi-final victory away to the Saints on Saturday.

  • 23/05/2015 21:21

    Olympic champion Wells slams new doping allegations

    Olympic champion Allan Wells has hit out at fresh allegations made by the BBC that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

  • 24/05/2015 07:10

    Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border

    An international group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing on Sunday of one of the world's most militarised borders between North and South Korea.

  • 24/05/2015 06:45

    Indonesia begins search for migrant boats

    Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said on Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of refusing them sanctuary.

  • 24/05/2015 06:00

    Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

    Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous country, holds its first general election on Sunday since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi, whose successor Hailemariam Desalegn is all but certain to stay in office.

  • 24/05/2015 05:41

    Poles to vote in presidential cliffhanger

    Poles vote Sunday in the second round of a too-close-to-call presidential election with incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski trying to fend off the populist challenge of conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda.

  • 24/05/2015 04:07

    Ireland celebrates after huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

    Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a "reality check" to keep in touch with changing times.

  • 24/05/2015 06:32

    Struggling BlackBerry announces new round of layoffs

    BlackBerry is laying off an unspecified number of workers around the world as the struggling smartphone manufacturer tries to make its device business profitable.

  • 24/05/2015 05:24

    As antitrust case looms, 'Peak Google' debated

    As Google faces an antitrust probe from European regulators, some analysts are questioning whether the California tech giant's dominance has already peaked.

  • 23/05/2015 22:06

    Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

    From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people took to the streets Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

  • 23/05/2015 20:12

    Uber drivers fined in Hungary

    The Hungarian tax authority fined Uber drivers in its first probe against the ride-sharing service which the economy ministry said Saturday "ignores passenger safety" and must be made to follow regulations.

  • 23/05/2015 20:11

    Pakistan cuts interest rates to historic low

    Pakistan's central bank Saturday slashed the benchmark interest rates to a 42-year low of seven percent, hoping to stimulate growth in the long dormant economy.

  • 24/05/2015 05:28

    Waratahs, Stormers on rise, Hurricanes clinch Super 15 playoffs

    Australia's NSW Waratahs and South Africa's Western Stormers jumped to the top of their national conferences as the Wellington Hurricanes qualified for the Super Rugby playoffs this weekend.

  • 24/05/2015 03:13

    Juventus coach Allegri warns over 'deadly' Barca

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned against the "deadly" ball-passing of Barcelona as the Italian champions turn their focus to the Champions League final following their final home game of the season on Saturday.

  • 24/05/2015 03:06

    Federer brings curtain up on French Open

    Roger Federer begins his 62nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament at the French Open on Sunday against a man who once almost condemned him to his worst loss at a major.

  • 24/05/2015 01:46

    Magnussen out of worlds over shoulder surgery

    Australia's James Magnussen will miss defending his 100m freestyle title at this year's world championship to have shoulder surgery, Swimming Australia said on Sunday.

  • 23/05/2015 23:09

    Monaco secure Champions League return

    Monaco, locked in a three-way tussle with Saint-Etienne and Marseille, booked the third and final French ticket to next season's Champions League thanks to a season-closing 1-0 win over Lorient on Saturday.