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Annie Gugliotta & Ari Winkleman

In the first half of 2022 we’ve already seen a number of pivotal national elections. France’s centrist President Emmanuel Macron held off a challenge from the far right; Hungary’s far-right PM Viktor Orbán held off a challenge from the center; Colombia elected its first leftist head of state; and South Korean conservative Yoon Suk-yeo prevailed in a presidential race that bordered on reality TV mayhem.

But there’s more to come — in the next six months, 19 different countries plan to hold national legislative or executive elections. Some standouts include Brazil’s presidential throwdown in October, pitting embattled right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro against his poll-leading nemesis, the leftwing former president Lula da Silva. Around that time Israel will also head to its — checks notes — fifth election in the past four years, while in November US President Joe Biden will lead his Democrats into midterm elections in which his party could very well lose control of Congress.

Here’s a look at all the planned national-level elections left in 2022.

Ari Winkleman

The global tourism industry got pummeled during the pandemic. Economies reliant on international visitors for a large chunk of their GDP were hit particularly hard. But after more than two years of restrictions, scenes at airports around the world today suggest that the travel bug is back. Still, looking at data from the US — a top destination for global travelers — it’s clear that the revival will be slow going. We take a look at international arrivals to the US from 2000 to March 2022.

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Paige Fusco

In little over 20 years, abortion pills have gone from being illegal to the most popular way for Americans to get abortions. But now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, it's unclear whether or how US states that ban abortion will block access to medication abortions. We take a look at how abortion pill usage has progressed in recent decades.

Ari Winkleman

Prices at the pump are soaring. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, much of the world has been affected by the economic impact of sanctions, higher inflation, constrained supply, and overall uncertainty. In the G20 economies, consumers tend to complain most about the price of unleaded gas, which is affecting their ability to get around town and go on holiday. We look at how far north the G20’s gas prices have driven.

After weeks of speculation, the US Supreme Court has issued a ruling reversing Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion. American women will now face a hodgepodge of abortion laws that grant different rights depending on one’s geographical location. While abortion will remain accessible and legal in deep blue states like New York and California, more than a dozen Republican-run states, mostly in the South and Midwest, already have “trigger laws” on the books that will outlaw abortion immediately. Indeed, women living in these states will have to travel long distances in many cases to access abortion care. We take a look at some of their closest options.

Check out the longest distances women will have to travel to obtain legal US abortions below.


Luisa Vieira

US gas prices are hitting record levels due to a combination of Russia's war in Ukraine, supply chain snarls linked to China’s zero-COVID policy, and high demand coupled with low supply. Americans are not amused, and some are directing their anger at President Joe Biden, who's pulling every trick in the book to try to bring down oil prices. The thing is, crude is not the only thing you pay for at the pump. We take a look at the breakdown.

Paige Fusco

International polls often gauge what percentage of a given population identify as LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex). But the willingness of people to divulge their gender identification and sexual preference is likely influenced by social and cultural attitudes towards LGBTQI people. In Saudi Arabia, for instance, where same-sex sexual acts can be punishable by death, no one is going to be upfront about their sexual proclivities. We look at the percentage of people who identify as LGBTQI in G20 countries, as well as how each of these countries rank on UCLA Law School’s LGBTI Social Acceptance Index.

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