Post-Midterms, U.S. Gains Esteem Among Some Allies
German and Italian adults see the United States in a more positive light after congressional Democrats put up a better-than-expected showing in the midterm elections. Opinion worsened slightly in Japan and France while South Koreans’ and British esteem remained about the same. Read more about why that may be in my latest: U.S. Reputation Improves in Some Allied Countries Following Midterm Elections.
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Today’s Top News
The European Union proposed a natural gas price cap that critics say is dubiously high and limited in applicability, making it unlikely to ever be used. One E.U. diplomat called the proposal “just another way of killing the cap.” (Financial Times)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is now contesting his recent election loss after a software bug on some electronic voting machines was discovered, despite assessments from independent experts that the bug would not affect results. The electoral authority has already declared victory for Bolsonaro’s opponent and the electoral court looks primed to reject the appeal, experts said. (The Associated Press)
Iran announced it will expand its nuclear enrichment program following criticism from the International Atomic Energy Agency over alleged undeclared nuclear sites and calls for Tehran to cooperate with the organization’s investigation. The Fordow underground nuclear facility will now enrich uranium to just below weapons-grade purity, though Iran has always maintained its nuclear program is peaceful. (Financial Times)
Chinese workers at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, which manufactures iPhones, were met with police violence and mass detention after they turned out for a rare protest against draconian COVID-19 policies and deceptions on the part of managers. Protesters say they were promised attractive pay for two months of work, only to find out their actual pay would be much lower and conditions much worse, which Foxconn denies. (The Associated Press)
The Group of Seven nations should soon announce the price cap on Russian oil exports and the coalition will probably adjust the level a few times a year rather than monthly, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday.
The Japanese government began investigating the Unification Church on Tuesday, paving the way for requesting a court to consider depriving the controversial group of its status as a religious corporation with tax benefits.
A Chinese streaming platform has resumed distributing South Korean content after suspending it for nearly six years, South Korean officials said on Tuesday, in what Seoul called a sign of Beijing’s readiness to improve ties.
The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned the United States on Tuesday that it would face “a more fatal security crisis” as Washington pushes for U.N. condemnation of the North’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test.
Mexico’s president confirmed Tuesday that a planned meeting this week of the regional group known as the Pacific Alliance will not take place, because Peru’s congress did not give that country’s president permission to leave the country.
More than 100 people, including women and children, were abducted when gunmen raided four villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara state on Sunday, the information commissioner and residents said on Monday.