[Premium Times] Senegalese-American musician, Akon, on Tuesday launched a Solar Academy, aimed at giving African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power.
[allAfrica] Cape Town -Swiss police swooped on a leading Zurich hotel early on Wednesday morning and arrested top officials attending meetings of football's governing body, FIFA. Later in the morning, Swiss prosecutors announced they had raided FIFA's offices in a separate criminal investigation.
[ISS] Seventy years after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is no closer to an unequivocal commitment to abolishing nuclear weapons.
[Federal Office of Justice] Bern -By order of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich today (Wednesday) and detained pending extradition. The US authorities suspect them of having received bribes totaling in the USD millions.
[Al Jazeera] Kasulu, Tanzania -Ilunga Malea Shabani, 26, says he does not recall his journey to Tanzania well. It was sometime in 1997 when major fighting broke out in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His uncle and aunt grabbed him and fled across Lake Tanganyika into Tanzania.
[Focac] Addis Ababa -Africa and China have committed themselves towards building "a community of common destiny," in particular realizing a shared vision of common development, said a top African Union (AU) official.
[Focac] Cape Town -African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Thursday that Africa expects China to help build "the Africa we want."
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Barcelona -If your country were responsible for only 0.05 percent of the world's climate-changing emissions, you might not think it worth making a plan to curb that pollution - especially when you still need to get electricity to much of your population.
[RFI] The African Development Bank is meeting this week for their annual meeting and will decide who among the eight candidates will become the next president of the African Development Bank. Will the Board of Governors vote across regional lines or use other criterion? RFI speaks to a candidate and an African economic expert to find out more.
[Cosafa] The shocks continued in the COSAFA Cup 2015 quarterfinals as Ghana were ousted by Madagascar in Monday's first match at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Barcelona -The value of global schemes to put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and designed to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming totalled almost $50 billion as of April 1, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday.
[IFEX] This statement was originally published on eff.org on 21 May 2015.
[Swiss Confederation] Bern -The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups. In the course of said proceedings, electronic data and documents were seized today at FIFA's head office in Zurich.
[DOJ] A 47-count indictment was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants' participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.
[SciDev.Net] Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study.
[IRIN] London -Former UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has a few words of advice for the next person to take up the job, British politican Stephen O'Brien.
[UN News] The United Nations entity dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women announced today a partnership with Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first time ever that UN Women will collaborate with a professional sports team.
[UN News] The World Health Assembly wrapped up its work today after giving the greenlight for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to reform its emergency and response capacity to better tackle future disease outbreaks like Ebola, and agreeing to address antimicrobial resistance and air pollution, as well as improve access to affordable vaccines and set global nutrition targets.
[ISS] The African Development Bank (AfDB) has become a key institution in the drive towards greater African economic development. It does this through financing, and also works with the African Union (AU) on initiatives like Agenda 2063 - the continent's blueprint for reaching a peaceful and prosperous Africa in decades to come.
[Oxfam] The amount of people going hungry has dropped by 167 million in the last decade, according to new figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).