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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Last week, demonstrations outside Argentina’s Parliament were reported. The protests became violent after authorities responded aggressively towards protesters.
  • In India, police in Kerala State arrested approximately 2,000 people at a series of protests over allowing menstruating women to enter the Sabarimala Temple.
  • In Tunis, a woman immolated herself near a police patrol unit on the central avenue of Habib Bourgiba last week.
  • Last week, it was reported that Nigerian police had arrested approximately 400 Shia Muslims in Abuja. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Late last week, Brazil’s electoral authority declared Jair Bolsonaro the winner of the presidential election run-off vote, taking 55% of the vote to leftist opponent Fernando Haddad’s 44%. 
  • In Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Justice last week overturned the verdict against Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy charges setting off protests.

Technology and Information Risks

  • Last week, cyber-security company Carbon Black identified U.S. voter records for sale on the dark web. 
  • Also last week, security researchers with Cymulate announced a bug in Microsoft Word which can allow execution of malicious code. 
  • Cisco last week informed customers of a vulnerability being actively exploited on some of its security appliances. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • Last week in Columbia, the Colombian Petroleum Engineers Association presented a document hoping to stop the fracking-ban project currently considered in the Congress. 
  • The President-elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced last week that the construction of the new airport in Mexico City will be canceled. 
  • Last week, the Chinese economic planning body proposed cutting the tax on vehicle purchases from 10% to 5% after the trade war between the U.S. and China slowed sales for several car manufacturers.
  • Speaking of China and the U.S., worldwide media highlighted the negative trend of exchange between the Chinese currency, the yuan, and the U.S. dollar last week.
  • The recent IHS Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, report noted that the UK’s manufacturing PMI had fallen to a 27-month low in October.

November 5, 2018

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