What is World News?

World news, or international news, or even foreign coverage is the news media jargon for news from abroad about a country or global subject. It can also refer to a news agency that supplies information for newspapers, radio or TV. The term is especially relevant since the invention of distance communication technologies, such as telephones, radio and television.

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Since the 17th century, when nation-states were still developing in Europe, most news was foreign, as registered in courants (papers circulating throughout Western and Central Europe), such as the Daily Courant (England), the Nieuwe Tijudinger (Antwerp) and Avisa Relation oder Zeitung (Strasbourg). It was only with innovations such as the telegraph that made it possible to report foreign news quickly and efficiently, thus allowing the establishment of the first news agencies, including AFP (France), Reuters (UK), DPA/WPA/AP (Germany) and the Associated Press (US). World news can be divided into two main categories: foreign reporting (reporting that takes place in a different country than the one where the reporter is stationed) and special envoys sent to cover an event or crisis, such as war journalists. However, a third category has emerged: that of reporting on global subjects, usually in a national context but also referring to issues at the heart of international relations.