The world is waiting to assess the impact of the next wild turn in the politics of the United States, a power that has sought to ensure global stability for decades but whose domestic politics are increasingly turning it into a force of unpredictability and disruption.
The results of Tuesday’s election will be published throughout the night in the United States on CNN, CNN International and CNN.com. (Watch it live here.)
In the meantime, here’s the latest on five other consequential global news stories that deserve attention as the US midterms draw to a close. USA they rush to their toxic conclusion.
President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine is becoming increasingly brutal. Its siege of the neighboring country’s infrastructure, including the use of deadly Iranian-made drones, is bringing deep suffering to the city’s residents. In Kiev, power outages last up to 12 hours a day, the streets are dark and Mayor Vitali Klitschko warned that residents could face a winter without electricity, heat or water. “In general, they want us all dead,” he said.
Putin hopes to break the will of the Ukrainian people, after their resistance humiliated his forces on the battlefield. So far, there’s no sign of that, although a Republican House after the midterms may not be interested in continuing to spend billions of dollars on military assistance to Ukraine. The most tangible signs of fraying morale are actually on Moscow’s side: This week, some Russian soldiers complained in a letter about being sent into an “incomprehensible battle” in the Donetsk region, where Ukraine says its enemy has suffered heavy losses.
Iran’s ties to Russia are causing growing concern in the United States. At home, the Islamic Republic is facing an unprecedented popular uprising, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, after being arrested by the country’s so-called “morality police”.
More than 220 members of Iran’s parliament have now called for protesters to be taught a “good lesson” by the clerical leadership, to deter others who threaten their authority. Iran has charged at least 1,000 people in Tehran province alone over the nationwide protests, the biggest show of such dissent in years, state news agency IRNA reported.
In Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan says he has insider knowledge of the apparent assassination attempt that led to his shooting last week, in which he was shot three times in the leg. Khan has accused senior members of the government of planning the attack, which they and Pakistan’s intelligence service strongly deny.
“I have connections with the intelligence agencies, the different agencies that operate. How did I get the information? From inside the intelligence agencies. Why? Because most people are appalled by what’s going on in this country,” the former legend said. cricket to CNN’s Becky Anderson.
Political furor is mounting over the World Cup finals in Qatar starting this month as players, FIFA officials and experts struggle to answer questions about the Gulf state’s human rights record and the deaths of foreign workers while building the stadiums for the world football spectacle.
Their discomfort will be compounded by a comment by FIFA World Cup ambassador and former footballer Khalid Salman that homosexuality is “damage to the mind”, in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF.
Salman said being gay was “haram,” or forbidden in Islamic law. “It’s mind-blowing,” he continued, adding that before the tournament he had to “talk about gays.” The interview, filmed in Doha less than two weeks before the start of the tournament, was immediately stopped by a World Cup organizing committee official.
To be honest, it was a good decision to put this next story on your radar as worth watching. World leaders are burning huge amounts of jet fuel to gather in Egypt for this year’s COP27 climate summit. The urgency of the problem is clear: this year has seen widespread evidence from floods in Pakistan to massive wildfires in the United States to severe heat waves in Europe that global warming is accelerating. But will another climate summit achieve anything significant in reaching missed targets to reduce carbon emissions?
A big question at the conference is whether there will be agreement on loss and damage: the principle that rich countries responsible for decades of carbon emissions should spend money to help developing countries, which are bearing the brunt of climate consequences .
“He keeps getting kicked out,” former White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy told CNN. “There is a need for real accountability and some specific short-term commitments.”