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AFP launches iPad in Spanish and Portuguese

Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday launched its iPad application in Spanish and Portuguese providing access to the latest stories, videos, pictures and graphics from its network of correspondents around the world.

The application, the first in Spanish and Portuguese by a leading international news agency, can be downloaded, free of charge, on Apple’s iTunes page: http://itunes.apple.com/mx/app/afp-ipad-edition/id448339846?mt=8.

“The launch of the iPad application in Spanish is part of the investments AFP is currently making in Latin America,” said Emmanuel Hoog, AFP’s chairman and chief executive officer.

“Our objective is to bring the agency closer to a public keen to receive international and local news which only a global network of 1,500 journalists in 150 countries can offer,” he added.

Hoog is on a visit to Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo that coincides with the launch.

News in real time — text and pictures — can be accessed directly from the applications homepage.

Sections on Latin America, World, Sports, Economy, Science and Technology, Culture, Lifestyle and Environment are accessible from that page, along with a header listing news alerts.

A special edition of the application, with items of specific interest, is also available for clients from Spain.

With one click, the reader can access a selection of the top pictures and videos of the day as well an Analysis section which deals in depth with major issues.

Some of this content is also available on the iPhone application launched by AFP in January 2010 in five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Arabic). iPad applications will be launched in November.

AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology.

It delivers the news in video, text, photos, multimedia and graphics to a wide range of customers including newspapers and magazines, radio and TV channels, web sites and portals, mobile operators, corporate clients as well as public institutions.