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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.

Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA as probe nears

The discovery of another bright light on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists perplexed as the US Dawn probe prepares to enter the orbit of the largest object in the asteroid belt and possibly resolve the mystery.

  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
  • 27/02/2015 04:37

    China bans ivory carving imports for one year

    Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings, amid international criticism that rapidly-growing Chinese demand could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation.

  • 26/02/2015 06:31

    US Senate strikes deal to avert homeland security shutdown

    US Senate leaders struck a deal to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday's deadline.

  • 26/02/2015 00:15

    Short and sweet as batsmen eye Eden Park run riot

    Seductive for batsmen, challenging for bowlers and frustrating for captains, Auckland's Eden Park takes centre-stage on Saturday with the ground's peculiar dimensions proving the major talking point for New Zealand and Australia.

  • 26/02/2015 00:04

    Morgan Stanley to pay $2.6 bn to settle mortgage bond probe

    Morgan Stanley said Wednesday it had reached a preliminary agreement with the Justice Department to pay $2.6 billion to settle a probe into its marketing of mortgage-backed securities.

  • 25/02/2015 23:32

    Qantas roars back into black after aggressive cost-cutting

    Australian carrier Qantas on Thursday roared back into the black after an aggressive shake-up to stem mounting losses, posting its best interim result in four years helped by a revival in its international arm.

  • 26/02/2015 16:35

    Murray suffers shock defeat to lucky loser Coric

    Andy Murray suffered one of the biggest shocks of his illustrious career on Thursday, crashing to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Croatian teenager Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open.

  • 26/02/2015 15:49

    Murray believes grass court changes can bring more success

    Andy Murray believes his chances of reprising his historic 2013 Wimbledon triumph may be helped by long-awaited changes in the grass court calendar.

  • 26/02/2015 13:29

    Old flaws harpoon Arsenal in Champions League

    Arsenal supporters accustomed to seeing their team qualify for the Champions League year after year are beginning to adjust to a new routine: wretched elimination in the competition's last 16.

  • 26/02/2015 13:20

    IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named by media

    "Jihadi John", the masked Islamic State militant apparently responsible for the beheading of western hostages, was on Thursday named as London man Mohammed Emwazi by the Washington Post and the BBC.

  • 26/02/2015 12:53

    TV star abused 63 people in hospital: report

    Late TV star Jimmy Savile abused 63 people connected to a hospital he raised money for, according to report released on Thursday, prompting claims of a "whitewash" by a lawyer for his victims.

  • 27/02/2015 04:54

    Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA as probe nears

    The discovery of another bright light on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists perplexed as the US Dawn probe prepares to enter the orbit of the largest object in the asteroid belt and possibly resolve the mystery.

  • 26/02/2015 17:43

    Tense Ukraine port city braces for feared rebel offensive

    Pensioner Anatoliy gestures at a row of burnt out cars as he worries about what might be in store for his east Ukraine hometown -- the frontline port city of Mariupol.

  • 26/02/2015 17:19

    Argentina judge dismisses cover-up case against Kirchner

    An Argentine judge has dismissed the case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center, judicial sources said Thursday.

  • 26/02/2015 16:20

    Kyrgyzstan to vote on controversial anti-gay law

    Kyrgyzstan is set to vote on a controversial bill that would make it a crime punishable by up to six months in jail to present gay relationships in a positive way in the ex-Soviet state.

  • 26/02/2015 16:18

    US wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

    The United States staged a military ceremony Thursday to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.