The world is waiting to assess the impact of the next turbulent turn in the politics of the United States, a powerhouse that has tried to ensure global stability for decades.
Tuesday’s election results will be posted overnight US time on CNN, CNN International and CNN.com. (Click here to watch live)
In the meantime, as the US midterm elections race to a toxic conclusion, here’s an update on five important global news stories worth watching.
President Vladimir Putin’s attacks on Ukraine have become more and more brutal. His siege of neighboring countries’ infrastructure, including the use of deadly Iranian-made drones, has caused deep suffering to city dwellers. In Kyiv, power outages last up to 12 hours a day and streets are pitch black, Mayor Vitali Klitschko warns residents could face winter without power, heat and water. “Generally they want us all dead,” he said.
Putin wants to break the will of the Ukrainian people after their resistance humiliated his troops on the battlefield. The Republican House of Representatives after the midterm elections may not be keen on continuing to spend billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine. Several Russian soldiers wrote in a letter this week complaining about being sent to an “incomprehensible battle” in the Donetsk region, where the enemy said heavy losses had been suffered.
Iran’s relationship with Russia is causing increasing concern in the United States. Domestically, the Islamic Republic is facing unprecedented popular uprisings in the wake of the death of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman Masa Amini after being detained by the country’s so-called “morality police.”
More than 220 members of Iran’s parliament are calling for protesters to be taught “good lessons” by clerical leaders to deter others who threaten their authority. Iran has indicted at least 1,000 people in nationwide protests in Tehran province alone, marking its biggest dissent in years, state news agency IRNA reported.
In Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot three times in the leg after saying he had inside information about the assassination attempt that led to last week’s shooting. They and Pakistani intelligence vehemently deny that.
“I have connections with intelligence agencies, different agencies that operate. How did you get the information? From within the intelligence agencies. Why? Most people are appalled by what is happening in this country.” Because they’re doing it,” the former cricket legend told CNN’s Becky Anderson.
Political turmoil has escalated over the World Cup final, which starts in Qatar this month. Players, FIFA officials and pundits are scrambling to answer questions about the Gulf nation’s human rights record and the deaths of foreign workers in building stadiums for global football shows.
Their discomfort will be exacerbated by comments from FIFA World Cup ambassador and former footballer Khalid Salman that homosexuality is “emotional damage” in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF.
Salman said being gay is “haram,” or forbidden by Islamic law. “It’s heartbreaking,” he continued, adding that he had to “talk about being gay” before the tournament, which was filmed in Doha two weeks before the tournament started. It was promptly stopped by committee officials.
To be honest, it was a close call to put this next story on our radar as something worth watching. The world leader is burning huge amounts of jet fuel to convene in Egypt for his COP27 climate summit this year. The urgency of this issue is clear. This year has seen ample evidence that global warming is accelerating, from floods in Pakistan to devastating wildfires in the United States to devastating heatwaves in Europe. But could another climate summit do anything meaningful to catch up with its missed carbon emissions reduction targets?
One of the big questions in meetings is whether loss and damage will be negotiated. This is the principle that rich countries responsible for decades of carbon emissions should spend their money helping developing countries bearing the brunt of the climactic consequences.
“It keeps pushing,” former White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy told CNN. “We need real accountability and short-term concrete commitments.”