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Hazard & Event Risks

  • Last week, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the dissolution of parliament as of Saturday, two months before his five-year term ends.
  • Authorities in Moscow have declared a “high alert” for residents in Volokolamsk following the release of toxic fumes from the Yadrovo landfill located approximately 120km (74.5mi) from Moscow.
  • According to the Pan-American Health Organization, there have been 886 measles cases in Venezuela since June 2017.

Market & Economic Risks

  • In Indonesia, the government has decided to postpone the new trade rules for coal and palm oil shipping until 2020.
  • Per media reports last week, the fuel crisis in Sudan has affected the whole country, including the capital city Khartoum.
  • In Ecaudor, Minister of Economy, Maria Elsa Viteri confirmed that due to the economic crisis facing the country, the authorities would increase import tariffs to at least 375 products.

Technology & Information Risks

  • A newly discovered malware called “HiddenMiner” can destroy Android devices, according to reports, and make it almost impossible to uninstall.
  • The European Commission (EC) is planning to issue a warning to social media companies regarding “online disinformation” or “fake news” by publishing its first policy on the issue later this month.
  • The U.S. Department of State has issued a formal publication notice regarding plans to require almost all visa applicants to the U.S. to submit their social media history.
  • According to a report published by Buzzfeed News, Grindr, the social network app aimed at gay, bisexual and transgender men, shared confidential information from its users with third parties without their knowledge.

Operational & Physical Risks

  • On April 3, 2018, French rail workers started a three months long campaign of strikes over President Macron’s reforms.

April 9, 2018

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