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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.

Dutch soldier said to have joined Islamic militants

A Dutch sergeant is believed to have run away to Syria to join Islamic State militants in the first such case involving a serving soldier in the Netherlands, defence officials said Thursday.

  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.
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 Forum
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 03/09/2015 20:22

    Israel recovers ancient sarcophagus hidden by contractors

    Israeli authorities have recovered a Roman-era sarcophagus that construction workers sought to hide after digging it up at a building site, officials said Thursday.

  • 03/09/2015 16:41

    IMF says Fed 'can hold off' on interest rate rise

    The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the Federal Reserve has the room to hold off from raising interest rates for the moment amid a "pretty bumpy" global economic situation.

  • 03/09/2015 13:14

    India's top 'sexpert' still telling it straight at 91

    A 91-year-old Indian "sexpert" whose popular tabloid column has drawn both fans and critics with its straight-talking approach, provides a lifeline to readers in what remains a conservative society bereft of proper sex education.

  • 03/09/2015 11:55

    Aussie champ trims 'record' fleece off Chris the sheep

    A heavily overgrown sheep had its massive fleece shorn on Thursday by an Australian national champion in a life-saving operation that animal welfare officers said may have set a new world record for a single shearing.

  • 03/09/2015 08:24

    Has France abandoned its tradition of sheltering refugees?

    It's been nearly 40 years since Soko Phay fled Cambodia with her parents to France where she was welcomed with "an extraordinary generosity," but now she sees a country that "has changed, and not for the better".

  • 03/09/2015 23:05

    Bale leads Wales within touching distance of Euro 2016

    Gareth Bale put Wales within touching distance of Euro 2016 and a first major tournament appearance for 58 years as the Real Madrid's star's late goal clinched a 1-0 win over Cyprus on Thursday.

  • 03/09/2015 22:10

    N. Ireland government faces 'real threat': Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday warned of a "real threat" to Northern Ireland's power-sharing government in a crisis triggered by fears over IRA activity and called urgent talks next week.

  • 03/09/2015 21:34

    Amal Clooney to visit jailed ex-leader of Maldives

    London-based human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will soon visit Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives whose incarceration has sparked widespread international condemnation, his office said Thursday.

  • 03/09/2015 20:52

    Keith Richards belittles rap, metal

    Hip-hop has come to dominate much of the music industry, but Keith Richards is definitely not among the converted.

  • 03/09/2015 19:57

    Misfiring Kane hopes to learn from Rooney

    Harry Kane plans to seek advice from England captain Wayne Rooney as the out-of-form Tottenham forward comes to terms with being a key figure for club and country.

  • 03/09/2015 22:59

    Pelle fires Italy top of group with Malta win

    Southampton striker Graziano Pelle nodded home from Antonio Candreva's pinpoint cross to hand Italy a precious 1-0 win over Malta in Florence on Thursday that sent them top of their Euro 2016 qualifying table.

  • 03/09/2015 22:20

    Van Niekerk, Rudisha fail to fire in Zurich

    Wayde van Niekerk, David Rudisha and Maria Arzamasova failed to reproduce their world title-winning form at the Diamond League meet in Zurich on Thursday.

  • 03/09/2015 20:06

    Triple Crown hero Pharoah pointed at Breeders' Cup

    Triple Crown hero American Pharoah will keep racing despite his runner-up finish in the Travers Stakes, with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic his ultimate destination, owner Ahmed Zayat said Thursday.

  • 03/09/2015 20:03

    Angry Stosur, Azarenka into US Open third round

    Samantha Stosur, the last woman to beat Serena Williams at the US Open four years ago, and two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka made the third round Thursday.

  • 03/09/2015 19:32

    FIFA reform panel ends first meet

    A committee charged with drawing up sweeping reforms at FIFA finished its first meeting on Thursday, pledging that "meaningful and lasting" change at world football's embattled governing body remains possible.