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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.

US-Cuba rapprochement isolates Venezuela: analysts

Cuba's surprise move to restore diplomatic relations with Washington leaves Havana's close ally Venezuela further isolated in a shifting political landscape, analysts here say.

  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
  • 17/12/2014 16:32

    US-Cuba relations: Live Report

    15:02 GMT - Cuba frees US prisoner Alan Gross - WELCOME to AFP's Live Report on developments in US-Cuba relations.

  • 17/12/2014 15:10

    Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

    Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter's square on Tuesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance.

  • 17/12/2014 06:27

    Timberlake, Biel expecting first child: ex-bandmate

    Heartthrob couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are expecting their first child, Timberlake's former bandmate says.

  • 17/12/2014 04:51

    British student raises thousands for 'homeless hero'

    A British student has raised thousands of pounds for a "homeless hero" who offered her his last few coins to get home at night after she lost her bank card.

  • 16/12/2014 18:03

    France seeks to ban 'e-joint'

    France sought to stamp out a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, launched Tuesday with the claim it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana.

  • 18/12/2014 21:37

    BASF says asset swap with Gazprom off

    German chemicals giant BASF said Thursday it had agreed with Russian energy firm Gazprom to abandon a swap of certain strategic assets that would have bolstered its natural gas production.

  • 18/12/2014 20:18

    WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

    The World Trade Organization strengthened its support Thursday for China in a final ruling in a dispute over punitive duties imposed by the United States on a range of Chinese products.

  • 18/12/2014 20:15

    Juncker dealt setback on EU investment plan

    European leaders were set Thursday to approve an ambitious investment plan but without adding more money, dealing a setback to commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • 18/12/2014 19:22 offers one-hour delivery in Manhattan

    Internet retail titan on Thursday began offering to have online purchases in some New York buyers' hands within an hour for a $7.99 delivery charge.

  • 18/12/2014 19:21

    First Etihad superjumbo to take off next week

    The maiden flight of Etihad Airways' long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place next week, the Abu Dhabi carrier said Thursday, also announcing its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner route.

  • 18/12/2014 21:08

    Juventus ease to Cagliari win

    Reigning champions Juventus are certain to top Serie A at Christmas after a 3-1 win at Cagliari on Thursday in their final league game of 2014.

  • 18/12/2014 20:23

    Williams and Djokovic top world tennis awards

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men's and women's World Champions for 2014 on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

  • 18/12/2014 18:35

    David reaches 11th world semi-final

    Top-seeded Nicol David battled hard on Thursday to reach her 11th semi-final in the World Championships.

  • 18/12/2014 17:49

    FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened a meeting of his 25-member executive committee on Thursday amid a storm of controversy over an inquiry into the bids by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

  • 18/12/2014 17:43

    Formula One delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy

    Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s hall of fame as a double world champion.