Caracas, Venezuela: Political Unrest
Caracas and other Venezuelan cities have been experiencing demonstrations calling for Nicolas Maduro to resign as president as well as the government that supports Maduro.
Khartoum, Sudan: Anti-government Protests
Since December 2018, a series of anti-government protests have erupted in Sudan, including Khartoum. Sudanese authorities have used tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition to disperse protesters.
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.