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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's Idemitsu oil eyes $4 bn buyout

Japan's second-largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is planning to acquire its smaller rival Shell Sekiyu in a deal worth an estimated $4.18 billion, a report said Saturday.

  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. 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
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 19/12/2014 19:30

    Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

    The Christmas lights went on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.

  • 19/12/2014 14:14

    Bangladesh development threatens fragile Sundarbans mangroves

    Bangladesh's rapid development on the doorstep of the ecologically fragile Sundarbans mangrove forest means "environmental disasters" like this month's oil spill in the massive delta are increasingly likely, experts warn.

  • 19/12/2014 12:35

    Bay of Pigs veterans feel 'abandoned again' by US

    When the United States failed to overthrow Fidel Castro in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, CIA-backed Cuban fighters said they were gravely disappointed.

  • 19/12/2014 11:48

    Conflicting loyalties among Afghans at Mullah Omar's mosque

    At the mosque where Mullah Omar founded the Taliban movement 20 years ago, villagers are weighing up whether to side with the insurgents or the government as the United States ends its long war in Afghanistan.

  • 19/12/2014 03:11

    Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears

    Word spread quickly: a polar bear, then two, were spotted near this remote Inuit village on the shores of Hudson Bay, about 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) north of Montreal.

  • 19/12/2014 23:30

    London 'garden bridge' gets official approval

    The project to create a garden bridge over the River Thames between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars got the final go-ahead on Friday, with the office of the London mayor announcing construction could start in 2015.

  • 19/12/2014 21:40

    Dalglish quizzed at Hillsborough inquest

    Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager at the time of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster, was questioned Friday about the behaviour of ticketless Reds fans at the inquest into the 96 deaths.

  • 19/12/2014 19:01

    London shares rise as struggling stocks bounce

    London shares ended the week on a high on Friday, rallying for a fourth straight day on the back of US Federal Reserve comments signalling a near-term rate rise is unlikely.

  • 19/12/2014 15:04

    Rice-Davies, key figure in British Profumo sex scandal, dies

    Mandy Rice-Davies, a central figure in the Profumo affair that scandalised 1960s Britain and almost brought down the government, has died of cancer at the age of 70, it was announced on Friday.

  • 19/12/2014 14:04

    World Pie Eating Championships wrecked by mix-up

    The World Pie Eating Championships were declared null and void when a trainee sent the pies to a divorce party instead, reports said Friday.

  • 20/12/2014 04:04

    Johnson the wrecker as India collapse in Gabba Test

    Mitchell Johnson skittled India's top order with a devastating spell as the tourists lurched towards a likely fourth-day defeat in the second Gabba Test on Saturday.

  • 20/12/2014 02:08

    Drifting Liverpool seek Arsenal spark

    Liverpool will hope to draw inspiration from memories of last season's thrilling 5-1 demolition of Arsenal when the teams resume hostilities in the Premier League at Anfield this weekend.

  • 19/12/2014 23:11

    Five-try Stade take Top 14 pole position

    Stade Francais took over the leadership of the French Top 14 on Friday with a five-try 43-30 victory at Grenoble who surrendered their unbeaten home record.

  • 19/12/2014 22:54

    Bayern claim new league records in Mainz win

    Bayern Munich claimed two Bundesliga records on Friday as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored in their 2-1 comeback win at Mainz which left them 14 points clear.

  • 19/12/2014 22:09

    Rita Jeptoo "B" sample positive: Athletics Kenya

    Kenya's top woman marathon runner Rita Jeptoo is facing a two-year suspension after her "B" sample turned positive for the banned blood-boosting drug EPO, Athletics Kenya said Friday.