Each week, we break down international news into our four quadrants of risk and present ways to mitigate those risks.
See below for the key issues from this week’s edition:
– The Supreme Court of Thailand has convicted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawattra for negligence in a rice subsidy program; she has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.
– The Brazilian Army has deployed 950 soldiers in Rio de Janeiro’s Rocinho favela (slum) to counter growing violence there.
– According to reports issued by Chilean authorities, at least two Catholic and two Evangelical churches were allegedly torched by a group of Mapuche indigenous people in the southern region of Araucania on September 20, 2017.
– Per media reports, increased weather changes pose a threat of zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses spreading further in sub-Saharan Africa.
– Singapore has been ranked the highest in launching global cyber-attacks according to a study released last week by data security firm Check Point Software.
– Per reports, a vulnerability has been found in the latest Mac Operating System (MacOS).
– The McAfee Labs Threats Report released on September 26 revealed that most cyber-attacks are targeted at the healthcare sector and social media users.
– The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against New York City-based utility company Con Ed for requiring applicants to provide family medical information and submit to pre-employment medical exams.
– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week dissolved the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the National Diet, when the house reconvened after a three-month summer recess.
– On October 18, 2017, the Communist Party of China is scheduled to hold the 19th National Congress in Beijing, in which party delegates will be electing a new leader for the party.
– Demonstrations against alleged government corruption under Jacob Zuma’s presidency took place in major South African cities recently.
– Volkswagen has asked cobalt producers to submit proposals by September-end for supplying the element for up to ten years from 2019. Cobalt is an essential component of rechargeable batteries used in electric cars.
– According to several economic analysts, the recent earthquakes that struck central and southern Mexican states, including Mexico City, could impact the national economy in the near to medium term.