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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 airlines, others resume flights to Israel

American, Russian and some European carriers resumed flights to Israel Thursday after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

  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
  • 24/07/2014 21:20

    US airlines, others resume flights to Israel

    American, Russian and some European carriers resumed flights to Israel Thursday after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

  • 24/07/2014 20:51

    Despair grips east Ukraine residents as siege tightens

    Frightened residents of the east Ukraine city of Donetsk filed into a humanitarian aid centre on Thursday to collect clothes, food and medicine as others fled the city amid fierce fighting on the outskirts.

  • 24/07/2014 14:03

    Bruised, battered but still fighting: Bob Geldof

    After three months of private grief over the death of his daughter Peaches, Bob Geldof returned to the world spotlight on Thursday, taking up the cause of AIDS with his trademark mix of anger and empathy.

  • 24/07/2014 07:55

    Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager

    Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday.

  • 24/07/2014 03:42

    Australian Medical Board bans prominent euthanasia doctor

    Prominent Australian right-to-die doctor Philip Nitschke on Thursday vowed to continue giving advice on how to end life after the Australian Medical Board used emergency powers to suspend him.

  • 24/07/2014 21:11

    West Ham hit by Carroll injury blow

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll has revealed he will miss the start of the Premier League season after suffering a serious ankle injury.

  • 24/07/2014 19:52

    Queen photobombs Aussie athlete's selfie

    Queen Elizabeth II is not known for her grasp of social media, but she tapped into a trend when she inadvertently photobombed an Australian athlete's selfie at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

  • 24/07/2014 19:23

    Row after Red Arrows ditch Scottish smoke plan

    Britain's Red Arrows aerobatics display team refused to trail smoke in the colours of the Scottish flag over the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, officials said Thursday, a move which revived sensitivities over Scotland's independence referendum.

  • 24/07/2014 18:05

    England's Alistair Brownlee wins men's triathlon

    England's Alistair Brownlee won the men's triathlon at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday to retain family bragging rights.

  • 24/07/2014 17:26

    Star witness in UK hacking trial spared jail

    The British tabloid journalist whose tales of phone hacking were key to the conviction of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was on Thursday spared jail for his own involvement in the scandal.

  • 24/07/2014 21:19

    Hamilton relaxed about his future

    Lewis Hamilton was relaxed and philosophical on Thursday amid reports that his Mercedes team have considered approaching four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to join them.

  • 24/07/2014 21:08

    Colombia's Castano reveals cancer battle

    Colombian tennis player Catalina Castano revealed on Thursday how she has been forced to retire from the sport as she battles breast cancer.

  • 24/07/2014 20:16

    Perez certain Mexico will go ahead next year

    Sergio Perez said on Thursday that he is certain that the Mexican Grand Prix will not drop off the 2015 Formula One calendar as it did for 2014.

  • 24/07/2014 20:08

    Massa disappointed at standard of stewards

    Felipe Massa on Thursday expressed his disappointment with the current standard of stewarding in Formula One after rookie Kevin Magnussen was cleared of all blame in their collision at the German Grand Prix last weekend.

  • 24/07/2014 19:34

    Thai sisters launch LPGA International Crown

    Thai sisters Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn play on different women's golf tours but teed off together Thursday to launch the inaugural LPGA International Crown team matches.