The year 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest on record, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday, a week ahead of a crucial climate change summit in Paris. "2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record, with ocean surface temperatures at the highest level since measurements began," said Michel Jarraud, head of the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO said data from the first 10 months of the year suggested temperatures over land and sea would tick in at their highest level ever measured this year, after already reaching record highs in 2014.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jimmy Woods has been a youth official for nearly 30 years, and he's lost count of how many football games he has refereed and how many times he's been yelled at, threatened or insulted.
A Singaporean businessman accused of rigging international football matches was freed by the city-state's top court on Wednesday in a surprise ruling seen as a blow to efforts to rid world sport of corruption. Dan Tan, who was arrested in September 2013, won his freedom after the Court of Appeal ruled that his detention without trial under an anti-gangster law did not meet the requirement that a suspect poses a danger to public safety in Singapore. The ministry of home affairs, under heavy international pressure to crack down on Tan, had invoked special detention powers to arrest Tan due to the difficulty of finding enough evidence and witnesses to file criminal charges.