In November, a number of fires erupted across the state of California, making the 2018 wildfire season the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history.
Istanbul: New Airport
The new Istanbul airport, the world's largest, has opened and will fully replace its predecessor by the end of 2018.
Italy: Severe Weather
A severe hailstorm and torrential rains hit Italy on October 21, with Rome and Milan among affected locations.
Portugal: Severe Weather
Cyclone Leslie caused power outages that affected 300,000 homes and temporary flight suspensions. There were 27 people reported injured.
China, Hong Kong (SAR), Macau (SAR), Japan, United States: Severe Weather
Throughout September, several parts of the world experienced severe typhoons and hurricanes that affected numerous expatriate assignment locations.
Venezuela: Currency Re-denomination
On August 20, 2018, the Central Bank of Venezuela carried out a re-denomination of their local currency, introducing the Bolivar Soberano.
Bucharest, Romania: Protests
Anti-government protests led to violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police.
Tripoli, Libya: State of Emergency
A state of emergency was declared in Tripoli, Libya, due to fighting between local militias. Numerous fatalities and casualties have been reported.
Turkey: Economic State
The ongoing currency and debt crisis had led to the lira hitting record low value and high inflation.
Tokyo, Japan: Heatwave
Record-setting temperatures have led to health risks, advisories to stay indoors, and increases in demand for emergency services.
Athens, Greece: Wildfire
A wildfire in the Attica region killed 80, injured 200, disrupted traffic, and compromised air quality.
Saudi Arabia: Ban on Women Drivers Lifted
The first driver’s license to be held by a woman was issued on 5 June, and women were seen behind the wheel almost immediately after the statute went into effect.
Osaka, Japan: Earthquake
An earthquake on 18 June caused 4 deaths and hundreds of injuries, along with hundreds of damaged buildings, other structural damage, and flooding.
Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Outbreak
The virus is spreading across the Equateur Province, and several dozen people have been infected.
Managua, Nicaragua: Political Protests
Political unrest throughout the nation has led to protests and violence, resulting in several deaths and destruction of property.
Guatemala City, Guatemala: Volcanic Eruption
The eruption of a nearby volcano killed dozens and has affected air quality and public health and disrupted traffic in the capital.
Caracas, Venezuela: Healthcare Crisis
The country is struggling with nationwide disease outbreaks amid shortages of medical supplies and a floundering healthcare system.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Flooding
Record rainfall caused flooding that has left 14 dead, destroyed 20 houses, and disrupted public transport and schools.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Cinema Opens
Cinema returns to Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban. More than 300 cinemas are expected to open by 2030.
Yerevan, Armenia: Political Protests
Peaceful protests lead to the resignation of the prime minister, but the opposition has not secured enough support to replace him.
Brazil: Military Control in Rio de Janeiro
The Brazilian government gave the military control of security in Rio de Janeiro in response to increased drug gang violence.
Burkina Faso: Terrorist Attack
On 2 March, terrorists attacked the French embassy and the country's main military quarters in Ouagadougou, the capital city.
Sri Lanka: Religious Division
Growing tensions between the militant Buddhist groups and Muslim community led to violent riots in Sri Lanka in March.
Venezuela: Currency Devaluation, Living Conditions Worsen
The Venezuelan crises worsens daily, with food shortages and escalating crime, and another currency devaluation in February.
Jeddah and Riyadh: Severe Sandstorms
Massive sandstorms closed schools, disrupted traffic, and cause health concerns.
Nuku'alofa, Tonga: Cyclone Damage
Cyclone Gita damaged buildings, brought flooding, and caused disruptions in the water and electricity supplies.
Tehran: Sectarian Protest and Violence
Protesters clashed with police, resulting in numerous deaths, injuries, and arrests.
Luanda: Kwanza Devaluation
In January, Angola unpegged its currency to the USD. As exchange rates level, the cost of imported goods may rise, leading to higher expenses for expatriates.
South and East Asia: Air Pollution
The onset of dry season has amplified existing pollution factors throughout the region.
Baghdad: Suicide Bombings
Two separate bombing incidents caused dozens of deaths and injuries, with no group claiming responsibility.