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The Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a major international news agency headquartered in Paris, France. It was founded in 1835 as the Havas agency, making it the world’s oldest news agency still in operation. With over 80 bureaus worldwide, AFP provides news coverage in seven languages to clients in more than 165 countries.


The AFP’s predecessor, the Havas agency, was founded in 1835 by Charles-Louis Havas, who began translating news from foreign newspapers and publishing it in the French press. Havas eventually began to gather news himself, and his agency grew to become the dominant news provider in France.

In 1944, during the liberation of France from Nazi occupation, the agency was reorganized as the Agence France-Presse by the French Resistance. The agency was nationalized in 1957, and today it operates as a publicly traded company.


The AFP provides coverage of a wide variety of news events, including politics, business, sports, entertainment, and international affairs. It has been praised for its comprehensive and accurate coverage of major international events, including wars, political crises, and natural disasters.

One of the AFP’s strengths is its global network of bureaus and correspondents, which allows it to maintain a strong presence in regions that are often underreported by other news agencies. It has numerous bureaus throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as in major cities such as New York, London, and Moscow.

The agency also maintains partnerships with other news organizations, such as Getty Images, which provides photographic content to the AFP.


The AFP has embraced digital technology in recent years, developing innovative tools to help collect, process, and distribute news content more efficiently and effectively. In 2020, the agency launched its Fact Check team, which monitors and verifies information on social media and other online platforms.

The agency also uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to assist in its news gathering and distribution. For example, its Graphiq tool uses AI to analyze large amounts of data and visualize it in a way that is easily digestible for readers.

In addition, the AFP has developed its own digital platform, AFP Forum, which provides clients with real-time access to AFP content, including text, photos, and videos.


Like any major news organization, the AFP has been the subject of controversies over the years. In 2008, the agency was criticized for publishing a photo of a Palestinian boy holding a toy gun, which was later found to have been staged. The agency apologized for the error and pledged to improve its internal verification procedures.

In 2017, the AFP faced criticism from activists and media watchdogs for its decision to withdraw from a media partnership in Myanmar after the government denied visas to two of its journalists. The move was seen as capitulating to government pressure and damaging press freedom.


Overall, the AFP is widely regarded as a respected and reliable news agency that provides comprehensive coverage of major international events. It has a long history of journalistic excellence and has embraced new technologies and platforms to maintain its relevance in a rapidly changing media landscape. However, like all news organizations, it has faced its share of controversies, and it will likely continue to navigate complex political and ethical issues as it strives to provide accurate and insightful news coverage to an increasingly diverse audience.

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Turkey election candidate drops out, putting Erdogan at risk

Deutsche Welle

23-05-11 17:04

Muharrem Ince, one of the four candidates contesting the Turkish presidency, has dropped out of the race, which is set to be decided in countrywide polls on Sunday. Ince, 59, made no recommendation of which candidate to support when he announced his decision. However, he had been seen as potentially drawing support from opposition parties seeking to topple conservative, two-decades-running President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His centre-left Homeland Party is still expected to stand in Sunday's general elections. A polling survey suggested most of Ince's support would now go to opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, with only 22% earmarked for Erdogan.
Boost for Erdogan rival as candidate quits Turkish election race

The Independent

23-05-11 16:56

Muharrem Ince, leader of Turkey's centre-left Homeland Party has withdrawn from the country's presidential race ahead of the vote on Sunday. Ince attracted criticism for splitting votes in the election's six-party alliance, uniting under Kemal Kilicdaroglu as the main rival to Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The decision is considered likely to benefit Kilicdaroglu in the first round of the vote. Erdogan's economic problems and February's earthquake in which over 50,000 people died, have complicated his re-election campaign, but even those who want "change" have concerns over Kilicdaroglu's ability to deliver it.
Title 42 to end tonight as hundreds of troops sent to Mexico border

The Independent

23-05-11 16:10

Title 42, a Trump-era Covid policy that prevented individuals from seeking asylum to the US due to health risks, is set to expire on May 11. Federal agents and asylum officers are anticipating a massive increase in the number of people seeking asylum at the US's southern border, causing concerns that border towns will become overwhelmed. President Biden has prepared several new policies to replace Title 42 to reduce chaos and manage the influx. These policies include expanding the parole process, increasing the use of expedited removal, and increasing humanitarian assistance.
Mortgage pain ahead as Bank raises rate to tackle ‘stubborn’ inflation

The Independent

23-05-11 15:19

The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the 12th successive time to try and sort the country's inflation crisis. The decision was announced by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) which increased the base interest rate from 4.25% to 4.5%. The Bank said that rising food prices due to the war in Ukraine and poor harvests in Europe had been going on for longer than originally thought, meaning that inflation was set to decline less rapidly during 2007 than previously though. Homeowners directly impacted by the rate rise are likely to see around a £5,000 annual increase.
Italy: 1 injured after explosion in central Milan

Deutsche Welle

23-05-11 15:03

An explosion in downtown Milan, Italy appears to have been the result of an accident involving a van carrying oxygen cylinders, according to officials. The loud explosion rocked the city at about 11:45 local time and was followed by black smoke. One person was injured, with the driver of the van sustaining light burns. A pharmacy, some apartments and nine vehicles caught fire in the aftermath of the blast. Multiple news agencies have reported that there were no known fatalities.
Jones keeps Liverpool chasing top four to leave Leicester facing drop

The Independent

23-05-15 21:30

Leicester City suffered a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool FC, with midfielder Curtis Jones scoring twice, leaving them just two points from being relegated with two games left. Even before Liverpool strolled in, "the writing appeared on the wall" for the weakened side, according to The Independent. Leicester have won just once in the past 13 games and their annual summer transfer budget of £40m, which was conservative compared to Premier League rivals, has left them with a lack of depth and a missed chance to strengthen the squad further.
Ukraine updates: Russia launches night air attack on Kyiv

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 03:21

Russia has carried out an eighth wave of air attacks in Ukraine, involving drones and missiles, according to officials in Kiev. It is unclear how many objects were shot down over the city, or whether missiles or drones were used. Falling debris set several cars on fire and injured three people. The attack occurred hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy returned from an EU trip aimed at securing weapons for counteroffensive against Russia. The tanks the US promised earlier this year to deliver to Ukraine have arrived at a German training centre.
US special counsel criticizes FBI's Trump-Russia probe

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 01:43

Independent US counsel John Durham has criticised the FBI for lacking "actual evidence" after a four-year probe into alleged collusion with Russia and Donald Trump's election campaign. Durham conducted a 300-page report into the investigation, saying it was flawed and that "senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor." The Crossfire Hurricane investigation was initiated by the FBI but later handed to special counsel Robert Mueller, who found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy. In response to the report, the FBI said it had already implemented dozens of corrective actions.
German court hands sentences to Dresden Green Vault suspects

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 08:17

Five members of Berlin's Remmo family were handed prison sentences of between four years and four months and six years and three months by a district court in Dresden after being found guilty of raiding one of Europe's largest collections of treasures. The 2019 theft from the Green Vault was one of the most shocking heists in German history. Some 4,300 diamonds and other precious stones were stolen from 21 jewellery items estimated to be worth around €113m ($122m) but viewed by many as priceless. The defendants conducted reconnaissance missions and caused considerable damage before escaping to Berlin with some of the haul.
Ex-Audi chief Rupert Stadler admits role in diesel scandal

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 08:04

Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has confessed his role in the diesel emissions scandal in court in Munich in exchange for a €1.1m ($1.21m) fine and a suspended sentence. If Stadler had not admitted his part in the scandal, he faced a prison sentence of one to two-and-a-half years. Stadler was arrested in 2018 and charged in 2019 along with three others from Volkswagen Group for knowingly selling vehicles with cheat devices used to manipulate emissions tests between 2014 and 2015. The VW emissions scandal, first uncovered in 2015 by the US Environmental Protection Agency, has resulted in billions of dollars in settlements and recalls.
Ukraine updates: Russia hits Kyiv in 'exceptional' air raid

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 06:32

Kyiv officials have reported that it shot down several objects in the Kyiv region in light of a new wave of Russian air attacks. The attack featured a number of factors, including drones, which have rarely been utilised in the past by Russian forces. It cannot yet be confirmed whether they launched missiles or drones, nor how many of the missiles which were fired hit their intended targets. Falling debris from the attacks resulted in several fires in Kyiv, and three people have been reported injured.
Macron promises €2 billion in tax cuts for French middle class


23-05-16 06:06

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will direct €2bn of tax cuts towards the country's middle class. He did not specify how the money would be allocated but said he had asked his government to make proposals as to how focus these cuts on those viewed as "too rich to receive aid and not rich enough to live well", referring to those earning between €1,500 and €2,500 per month. Macron has turned his attention to the economy and creating jobs rather than pension reform. The president recently met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy; he has since opened the door to training Ukrainian fighter pilots.
At G7, Kishida eyes ‘realistic’ approach to nukes, with bold steps unlikely

Japan Times

23-05-16 05:57

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has pledged to promote a “world without nuclear weapons” during this weekend’s Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, stating that the world needs to find ways to reinvigorate stalled nuclear arms control. According to experts, concrete deliverables are unlikely, although it is hoped the summit will help to generate “necessary international pressure on countries interested in pursuing a nuclear arms buildup”. Fast growing China and Russia have used nuclear weapons as leverage to hold off American aggression and enhance their own diplomatic posture. Meanwhile North Korea, India, Pakistan and Israel have continued to build up their nuclear arsenals in blatant defiance of existing regulations. Japan itself is within easy missile range of three nuclear-armed states and Kishida has previously stressed both the importance of nuclear deterrence while also calling for disarmament. The G7 comprises two states hosting nuclear weapons (Italy and Germany), two states relying on such weapons in their security policies (Canada and Japan) and three nuclear-armed states (France, Britain and the US).
‘At least a hundred’ feared dead after Cyclone Mocha

The Independent

23-05-16 12:11

Cyclone Mocha, the deadliest storm ever to hit Myanmar, is feared to have killed over 100 people. AFP news agency has quoted several local leaders in the western region of the country who have said the death toll stands at 41. However, many others are missing and feared dead, with activists raising concerns that relief efforts are being hampered in Myanmar because of government restrictions. At the same time, Cyclone Mocha has affected Bangladesh and northeast India, leading experts to highlight a rise in cyclonic activity in South Asian waters linked to rising ocean temperatures and global heating.
Council of Europe leaders seek to hold Russia accountable

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 11:59

European leaders at an unprecedented summit of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Reykjavik this week are reportedly focusing on ways to hold Russia accountable for the war in Ukraine. Heads of state and government will also discuss initiatives to address emerging threats to democracy, including climate change and artificial intelligence. Council members are set to approve a new Register of Damage, a mechanism to document the damage to Ukraine caused by Russian forces so Moscow can be held accountable for compensation. The meeting is the Council’s first of this kind in almost 20 years and only the fourth in its seven-decade history.
Dead woman wins civic elec­tion in In­dia’s Ut­tar Pradesh: Re­port

Al Jazeera

23-05-16 11:45

Ashiya Bi has won a local election in Uttar Pradesh, India, almost two weeks after her death. The 30-year-old first-time candidate died from an acute lung and abdominal infection just 12 days before the poll. Officials said that there was no procedure in place to remove her name from the ballot. Bi and her campaign had proved popular with voters, however many of those who had originally supported her chose to vote in her memory, leading to her declaration as the winner.
Scientists struggling to understand this year’s Atlantic Sargassum conundrum

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 10:00

Satellite images have revealed a huge belt of seaweed stretching from Africa to Mexico, creating problems that include killing fish, driving tourists away and contributing to climate change. The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt characteristically forms in the summer, but the images revealed an earlier start than usual, and its spread could double to create a nearly continuous belt within the next two decades as a result of interconnected and ongoing human activities. Scientists are also studying how sargassum can be turned into feedstocks for a circular economy. The seaborne weed can be processed into fertiliser, animal feed and biofuel.
Opening a 'Cannes' of worms: scandal and tension at the film festival


23-05-16 09:53

Johnny Depp has opened the 76th Cannes Film Festival playing King Louis XV, the 18th century monarch who fell in love with a prostitute, played by Maïwenn herself in the opening night film "Jeanne du Barry." The actor's performance was met with interest about how his French would come across as his dialogue is kept to short phrases that help disguise his accent. The screening was met with heightened security due to President Emmanuel Macron's unpopular pension reforms. Despite completing a defamantion trial, which revived the #MeToo debate, Depp remains a significant actor in Hollywood.
African leaders to present peace plan to Putin and Zelenskyy

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 16:26

A delegation of African heads of state will travel to Moscow and Kyiv to help end Russia's war in Ukraine, according to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. He had held separate phone calls with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who both agreed to host the African leaders to discuss a potential peace plan for the conflict. Senegal, Uganda, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and South Africa have been chosen to take part in the mediation effort, and Ramaphosa confirmed the US and UK had expressed “cautious” support for the plan. It is the latest in a string of foreign offers of mediation and peace talks. Ramaphosa stated that Guterres and the African Union (AU) welcomed the initiative, after the UN Secretary-General said peace talks in the Ukraine conflict were not possible at the moment. There is no timeline as yet for the visits, but Ramaphosa said the conflict had been “devastating, and African countries suffered a great deal” from it. South Africa has previously abstained from voting on UN peace resolutions relating to the war, however Ramaphosa insisted that South Africa was impartial after recent allegations that Russian ships containing military hardware were loaded in Cape Town. Despite the allegations, he said that South Africa would not be drawn “into a contest between global powers”.