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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.

Malaysia Airlines suspends shares ahead of reform plan

Struggling Malaysia Airlines suspended trading in its shares Friday ahead of an announcement later in the day on a restructuring plan aimed at keeping the carrier in business following two devastating air tragedies.

  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
  • 29/08/2014 05:55

    Everest on speed: UK guide promises summit in 42 days

    Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world's highest peak in 42 days: that's British guide Adrian Ballinger's ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit Mount Everest.

  • 29/08/2014 05:30

    Murray ready for late show on Scottish independence vote

    Andy Murray will stay up late into the night to watch the result of the historic referendum on Scottish independence next month, but refuses to get distracted by the issue during his assault on a second US Open title.

  • 29/08/2014 05:16

    Gold bars buried on beach for treasure hunt

    Thirty bars of 24-carat gold lie buried under the sand of Folkestone's Outer Harbour beach in Kent, ready to be dug up by treasure-seekers.

  • 29/08/2014 05:02

    Goat spotted on London underground

    A horned brown goat named Barney shocked commuters as he checked into the London underground at Vauxhall station, trotting with nonchalance through the ticket barrier.

  • 29/08/2014 01:40

    Pro-Scottish independence side gaining ground: poll

    Support for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground three weeks ahead of the historic referendum, according to a poll published on Friday.

  • 29/08/2014 06:57

    Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

    Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

  • 29/08/2014 06:06

    UN chief slams 'brutal' IS killings in Iraq

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed "brutal killings of civilians" by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities.

  • 29/08/2014 05:03

    Volcano erupts in PNG spewing ash and rock, officials say

    A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of local communities, seismologists and reports said.

  • 29/08/2014 03:39

    Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemalan village

    A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries Thursday began leaving the Guatemalan Indian village where they have lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.

  • 29/08/2014 01:36

    Colombia court allows lesbian adoption

    Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a lesbian woman could adopt her long-time partner's daughter, though the ruling does not apply to gay adoption in all circumstances.

  • 29/08/2014 07:08

    Malaysia Airlines suspends shares ahead of reform plan

    Struggling Malaysia Airlines suspended trading in its shares Friday ahead of an announcement later in the day on a restructuring plan aimed at keeping the carrier in business following two devastating air tragedies.

  • 29/08/2014 00:16

    Malaysia's Petronas signs $550 mn Argentine shale deal

    The Malaysian and Argentine state energy firms Petronas and YPF signed a deal Thursday to invest $550 million to develop shale oil in Argentina's massive Vaca Muerta fields, YPF said.

  • 28/08/2014 23:32

    Cyber attacks on US businesses, banks mounting

    Investigators were digging Thursday to find who initiated and what was taken in an apparent intense hacker effort this month to penetrate the systems of US banks including JPMorgan Chase.

  • 28/08/2014 22:52

    Eyes on Apple for 'next big thing' on Sept. 9

    Apple gadget lovers hungered for the "next big thing" on Thursday after the iconic company fired off invites to a mystery unveiling on Sept. 9.

  • 28/08/2014 22:05

    Ukraine tensions pull US stocks lower

    US stocks fell modestly Thursday, dragged down by rising fears about the Ukraine crisis that outweighed encouraging US economic data.

  • 29/08/2014 06:37

    South Korea's Kim leads LPGA Portland Classic

    South Korea's Kim In-Kyung fired a bogey-free seven under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.

  • 29/08/2014 05:56

    Precision in mid-air as rope jumpers soar on Greek isle

    When he was nine, Michal Trzajna jumped off a second-floor balcony at the prompting of his brother -- and broke both his legs.

  • 29/08/2014 05:36

    Wingsuit daredevils risking their lives on film

    Playing Icarus as they leap off sheer cliffs and fly at eye-watering speeds along mountainsides, thrill-seekers dressed like flamboyant bats have become an increasingly common sight in the Alps. But the incredible rush of wingsuits can come at the ultimate price.

  • 29/08/2014 05:36

    McIlroy can't wait to get busy at Ryder Cup

    World number one Rory McIlroy has doused any fears of burnout ahead of the Ryder Cup, declaring to European captain Paul McGinley "put me in every Gleneagles match".

  • 29/08/2014 04:54

    Petit sets pitching record in Giants' win

    Yusmeiro Petit pitched six dominant innings, striking out nine batters en route to making history in the San Francisco Giants' 4-1 Major League Baseball victory over the Colorado Rockies.