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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.

Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said.

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    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

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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.

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French: 1.500 stories
English: 700 stories
Spanish: 400 stories
Arabic: 250 stories
Deutsch: 200 stories
Portuguese: 150 stories

 

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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:

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  • 24/10/2014 09:48

    The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'

    Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.

  • 24/10/2014 03:46

    US tobacco giant Reynolds bans smoking in its offices

    The second largest tobacco producer in the United States, Reynolds American said Thursday it will ban smoking in all indoor office spaces, bowing to smoke-free social norms.

  • 23/10/2014 18:23

    Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch

    Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan Thursday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers.

  • 23/10/2014 17:04

    Canada parliament applauds Sergeant-at-Arms

    Canada's parliament reopened Thursday and gave a hero's welcome to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down an assailant.

  • 22/10/2014 23:20

    Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

    Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet.

  • 25/10/2014 01:19

    Britain's press 'outraged' by EU bill, ask questions of Cameron

    Britain's newspapers turned on the European Union on Saturday after it demanded 2.1 billion euro ($2.6 billion) in backdated charges, but many questioned why furious Prime Minister David Cameron seemed so shocked by the claim.

  • 24/10/2014 22:57

    Britain, Sweden donate to struggling UN Ebola Fund

    New pledges of financial aid to a UN Ebola fund have reached $118 million with Britain and Sweden offering sizeable contributions after UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more money.

  • 24/10/2014 20:28

    Mourinho a self-made man insists van Gaal

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho deserves all the credit for his emergence as one of the leading coaches in world football, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said as he prepares for the pair's meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday.

  • 24/10/2014 19:20

    London stocks end lower before bank 'stress' tests

    London shares closed lower on Friday at the end of a week of gains as investors awaited the results of European bank "stress tests" this weekend.

  • 24/10/2014 18:55

    EU's Barroso says UK bill should not have been 'surprise'

    Britain should have been prepared for an EU bill of more than two billion euros that has infuriated London, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday.

  • 25/10/2014 03:28

    Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

    A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said.

  • 25/10/2014 02:39

    Two cops dead, two wounded in California shooting spree

    Two police officers were killed and two people wounded in California when a man went on a shooting spree, officials said, having finally caught up with the suspect after he went on the run.

  • 25/10/2014 00:52

    Rousseff 'knew about Petrobras' kickbacks: report

    Just days before Brazil's presidential election run-off, rightwing news magazine Veja on Friday accused President Dilma Rousseff and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of knowing about a kickbacks scheme at state oil giant Petrobras.

  • 24/10/2014 23:56

    Mayoral couple flee after attack on Mexican students

    With their designer clothes and jewelry business, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda had risen to the pinnacle of this Mexican town, flaunting their wealth and power.

  • 24/10/2014 22:35

    Rousseff up, Neves reeling as Brazil heads to run-off

    After a no-holds-barred campaign, Brazil's leftist leader Dilma Rousseff is the favorite heading into a presidential run-off election Sunday against bruised center-right challenger Aecio Neves.

  • 24/10/2014 20:43

    Mystery of Degas dancer takes to stage

    In Edgar Degas' celebrated sculpture "The Little 14-Year-Old Dancer," the precocious ballet student holds her head high but with a look of unease as she clasps her arms uncomfortably behind her back.

  • 23/10/2014 19:34

    Netflix to stream new online TV series, 'Bloodline'

    Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series, "Bloodline," set for release in March.

  • 23/10/2014 16:42

    Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs

    Oscar-winner Christian Bale, best known for his star turn in the blockbuster "Batman" film franchise, will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.

  • 23/10/2014 13:22

    Tokyo film festival packs superhero punch

    The Tokyo International Film Festival opened on Thursday with cult superhero "Ultraman" swooshing down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • 23/10/2014 09:39

    Tokyo film festival packs a superhero punch

    The Tokyo International Film Festival opens on Thursday with its focus heavily on Japanese animated movies and with cult superhero "Ultraman" set to swoosh down the red carpet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • 25/10/2014 03:16

    Rollins, Konerko share Clemente award

    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko received the Clemente Award, the first time two players have shared US baseball's prestigious honor for community service.

  • 25/10/2014 03:07

    Armstrong barred from Greenville ride

    Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong has been barred from taking part in a cycling event with ex-US Postal Service teammates as part of his lifetime ban for using performance-enhancing drugs.

  • 25/10/2014 00:41

    Munster make Saracens pay for yellow card

    Munster made the most of a yellow card given to Saracens prop Rhys Gill as they defeated last season's losing finalists 14-3 in a European Rugby Champions Pool One clash at Thomond Park on Friday.

  • 24/10/2014 21:22

    Defending champion Hend shares lead in Macau

    Defending champion Scott Hend shares the halfway lead at the Macau Open as the Australian bids for back-to-back wins after his victory at the Hong Kong Open last week.

  • 24/10/2014 20:49

    Ex-world 800m champion Mulaudzi dies in car crash - official

    Former world 800-metre champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died Friday in a car crash, South African sports minister Fikile Mbulula announced in Johannesburg.