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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.

Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque ahead of Muslim prayers

Israel reopened Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday ahead of the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing of a Palestinian by police.

  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
  • 31/10/2014 03:29

    At Halloween, pumpkin spice is everything nice

    Trick or treat! While youngsters dress up as ghosts and goblins and go door to door for Halloween, grown-ups across the United States are indulging in all things pumpkin spice.

  • 31/10/2014 02:54

    Flu or Ebola? US hospitals prepare for a confusing season

    After weeks of Ebola panic, false alarms and quibbles over quarantine in the United States, health authorities are bracing for a new battle: flu season.

  • 30/10/2014 16:06

    Pakistan make solid start in second Test

    Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan took and early advantage in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

  • 30/10/2014 14:43

    Apple chief Tim Cook 'proud to be gay'

    Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay Thursday and said that fighting for equality is at the core of his personal and business ethos.

  • 30/10/2014 06:33

    Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover

    High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.

  • 31/10/2014 08:34

    Royal Bank of Scotland sets aside £400m for forex probes

    State-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400 million ($639 million, 509 million euros) to settle allegations of price-rigging in foreign exchange markets, it said Friday.

  • 31/10/2014 04:13

    British press fights 'Big Brother' after sources outed

    Britain's security services are set to clash with parliament and the country's powerful press over revelations that police secretly used a controversial law to identify journalists' sources, triggering a wider debate about media freedom in the digital age.

  • 31/10/2014 03:55

    Keira Knightley reveals 'Bake Off' obsession

    Actress Keira Knightley tried to avoid going to the premiere of her new film to watch the final of 'The Great British Bake Off', she has told an interview.

  • 31/10/2014 03:52

    Labour downplays threat of Scotland collapse

    Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband has brushed off polls indicating his party faces collapsing support in former stronghold Scotland ahead of next year's general election.

  • 30/10/2014 20:36

    Bath new boy Burgess in no hurry over union bow

    Superstar rugby union convert Sam Burgess will wait until he is fully fit before he makes his debut for English Premiership side Bath, he said on Thursday.

  • 31/10/2014 08:54

    Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque ahead of Muslim prayers

    Israel reopened Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday ahead of the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing of a Palestinian by police.

  • 31/10/2014 07:34

    Chinese court upholds death sentences in Kunming attack

    A Chinese appeals court on Friday upheld death sentences for three people convicted over a mass stabbing that killed 31 people earlier this year, state media reported.

  • 31/10/2014 06:59

    Hong Kong activists mull taking protest to Beijing

    Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering travelling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts US President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit.

  • 31/10/2014 06:24

    First lawsuit filed in Malaysia over MH370

    A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.

  • 31/10/2014 04:32

    Myanmar president opens unprecedented talks with Suu Kyi, army

    Myanmar President Thein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw on Friday ahead of crucial elections next year.

  • 31/10/2014 08:09

    Sony says half-year loss balloons six-fold to almost $1.0 bn

    Sony said Thursday its net loss for the April-September period ballooned to nearly $1.0 billion, as the embattled electronics firm continues to struggle in the cutthroat smartphone business.

  • 31/10/2014 08:08

    Diving in the dark for treasured coal in Myanmar

    Gripping a rubber hose between his teeth that will be his lifeline, Than Hlaing takes a last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the murky gloom of the fast-flowing Yangon river in Myanmar's main city.

  • 31/10/2014 08:01

    Australia set to pay polluters to cut emissions

    Australia is set to approve measures giving polluters financial incentives to reduce emissions blamed for climate change, in a move critics described as ineffective environmental policy.

  • 31/10/2014 07:53

    Asia shares rally after US growth figures

    Asian markets rallied Friday and the dollar pushed towards 111 yen after Japan's central bank said it would expand its vast monetary easing scheme and the United States released forecast-busting economic growth data.

  • 31/10/2014 06:44

    Japan's Nikkei 225 index soars over 5% after BoJ easing

    Japanese shares surged more than five percent on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme, sending the yen into freefall.

  • 31/10/2014 06:33

    Philippine star rides dictator's coattails to West End

    The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines' Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship.

  • 31/10/2014 01:58

    Court sides with Gaye family on 'Blurred Lines' feud

    The family of Marvin Gaye has won a round in a court battle over allegations that last year's blockbuster hit song "Blurred Lines" ripped off the late Motown legend's work.

  • 30/10/2014 20:30

    Dylan to release new album in 2015

    Rock legend Bob Dylan will release a new album in 2015, he has confirmed, after he unexpectedly put out a cover of a Frank Sinatra song.

  • 30/10/2014 18:34

    Conchita Wurst to serenade UN chief

    Austria's transvestite Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst will serenade UN chief Ban Ki-moon during his visit to Vienna next week, the world body announced Thursday.

  • 30/10/2014 11:58

    US 'tries to have Polanski arrested' in Poland

    The United States attempted to have the film director Roman Polanski arrested for sex offences when he travelled to Warsaw for the opening of a Jewish museum, a Polish newspaper claimed Thursday.

  • 31/10/2014 06:15

    Hamilton seeks to divert attention from F1's problems

    World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will bid to divert attention from Formula One's looming financial crisis by seeking his fifth consecutive race win at this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

  • 31/10/2014 06:14

    Anthony's Knicks ruin James' homecoming

    Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points as the New York Knicks spoiled the Ohio return of LeBron James with a 95-90 win in the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener on Thursday night.

  • 31/10/2014 04:16

    Chrome runs for redemption in Breeders' Cup Classic

    California Chrome, his Triple Crown bid thwarted in the Belmont Stakes, will try to reestablish his reputation as America's top three-year-old in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.

  • 31/10/2014 04:13

    Canadian pair eye figure skating Grand Prix gold

    Canadian pairs team Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel have their sights set on a first Grand Prix gold at Skate Canada this week in Kelowna, British Columbia.

  • 31/10/2014 04:11

    Australia rugby star Beale fined over mid-flight row

    Troubled Australia back Kurtley Beale has been fined Aus$3,000 ($2,650) over a mid-flight row linked to the resignations of coach Ewen McKenzie and a staff member, officials said on Friday.