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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.

Caterpillar reports higher profits, warns of China, Ukraine risks

Industrial giant Caterpillar reported higher earnings and boosted its 2014 profit forecast on Thursday, but warned China's economic transition and the Ukraine crisis could threaten the global economy.

  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
  • 24/04/2014 09:20

    Praise and playtime for royals in Canberra

    Prince William and wife Catherine visited children at a playground and received warm praise from Australia's monarchist prime minister in the capital Canberra on Thursday, the penultimate day of their royal tour.

  • 24/04/2014 04:40

    US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against website

    A US judge threw out a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking $1 million from a gossip website for helping leak a screenplay for his latest planned movie.

  • 23/04/2014 15:08

    Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

    Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

  • 23/04/2014 09:28

    Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake

    Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing.

  • 23/04/2014 04:23

    Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.

  • 24/04/2014 14:43

    UK nurse leaves Sri Lanka after tattoo jail ordeal

    A British nurse jailed in Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo left the country Thursday after suffering what she says was sexual and other harassment by prison officers.

  • 24/04/2014 11:45

    European writers' room aims to beat Americans at TV game

    It could be a scene from a television drama: five Germans, three Frenchmen, a Briton, an Italian, a Bulgarian and a Hungarian, all cooking up a plot together in their London hideout.

  • 24/04/2014 10:20

    London's FTSE rises at open

    London shares rose at the start of trading on Thursday with investors taking their lead from other European, markets boosted by reports of a possible US takeover of French industrial giant Alstom.

  • 24/04/2014 10:03

    AstraZeneca drugs group says profits halved, blames generics

    AstraZeneca, the British pharmaceutical giant, announced on Thursday a halving of net profits in the first quarter, hit by generic competition following the loss of exclusivity for key drugs.

  • 24/04/2014 09:54

    F1 boss Ecclestone's bribery trial starts in Germany

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany Thursday accused of bribery in a case which threatens a jail term for the Briton.

  • 24/04/2014 12:16

    Figure skating champion Hanyu braced for new rivals

    Yuzuru Hanyu, who has become the Olympic and world champion less than four years after his senior debut, expects a fresh shakeup in men's figure skating towards the next Winter Games.

  • 24/04/2014 11:56

    Clubs face 'tough' sanctions breaking financial rules, UEFA says

    UEFA will take "tough" action against top European clubs whose financing is being investigated, but none risks a Champions League ban, UEFA chief Michael Platini said Thursday.

  • 24/04/2014 07:40

    Mavericks beat mistake-prone Spurs to level series

    Monta Ellis tallied 21 points and Shawn Marion scored 20 as the Dallas Mavericks routed the error-prone San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to level their opening round NBA playoff series at 1-1.

  • 24/04/2014 07:24

    Buoyant Benfica set for Juventus showdown

    Having shaken off the hangover from their title celebrations on Sunday, Portuguese champions Benfica host Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

  • 24/04/2014 07:05

    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series.