Afghan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in for his second term today. Karzai was declared the winner of the August 20 vote despite widespread fraud. A run-off was set to occur between Karzai and his nearest vote-getting opponent, but his opponent dropped out because it would have been too dangerous for voters to go to the polls again, CNN. Corruption in Afghanistan is still a major problem, BBC News.
A U.S. federal court has ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for overseeing physical infrastructure in many areas in the U.S., was responsible for the levy breach that occurred during New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The ruling is important because many homeowners found after the storm that their homeowner’s insurance would not cover the damages because the levy breach was a man-made disaster, CNN.
The U.N. says that women in the developing world will be particularly affected by global climate change because they are the primary caregivers of often large families. The Africa director of the U.N. Population Fund called for more availability of family planning resources for African women, Voice of America.
Controversy has erupted over the qualifying match between France and Ireland for a spot at the 2010 World Cup. France won the match after a handball helped the team score a goal in the final seconds. The referee did not call the handball and the score was allowed to stand, sending France to the World Cup, Associated Press. Calls have been made in recent years for football to add an instant replay option on close calls, but the current organizer of the 2010 World Cup opposes the practice, USA Today. The World Cup will be held in South Africa next year, FIFA official website.