US law enforcement agencies intercepted at least 14 packages allegedly containing small amounts of explosive material, addressed to prominent Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials, as well as key DNC supporters, between Oct. 22-26.
As of November 20, most of the evacuation orders in southern California have been lifted as a result of increased containment of the Woolsey Fire. The fire is currently 96% contained and has burned approximately 39,235 hectares (96,949 acres) of land.
According to WorldAware's 2019 Global Forecast, virtual kidnapping risk is on the rise in several regions around the globe. Some areas, like Nigeria, are associated with higher risks of in-person kidnapping. Learn about the motivation behind kidnapping in Nigeria, the target profile, and what to do if kidnapped in this expert analysis by one of WorldAware's special risks experts.
WorldAware's team of expert analysts continues to track the Ebola outbreaks. At this time, authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have identified 498 suspected Ebola cases, including 450 confirmed cases, in Ituri and North Kivu provinces. While the threat of infection for persons not involved in healthcare or funeral settings is low, all individuals should observe strict health precautions, including frequent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitizer.
Keeping up your daily medication regime while traveling is integral to maintaining good health. Medication laws vary substantially worldwide, and it is important to know the best way to enter a new country with potentially regulated drugs and if they are allowable.
Consider the following in mind when traveling:
Listeria (L. monocytogenes) poses a serious threat to the global food industry. Most notably, recent Listeria foodborne disease outbreaks have resulted in nine deaths across Europe and 208 deaths in South Africa.
On December 1st, officials in Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder, on behalf of the United States government. Meng is suspected of helping Huawei to violate US sanctions on Iran and is awaiting extradition to the United States.
On Dec. 19, authorities at London Gatwick Airport (LGW), the second-busiest airport in the UK, suspended all flight operations at the airport due to reports that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, were flying near the airport. The airport remained closed through Dec. 20 as the drone activity continued, forcing airlines to cancel over 750 flights and disrupting over 100,000 passengers. LGW again suspended flight operations on Dec. 21 after further reports of drone activity over the runway.
As we embark on a new year, organizations will continue to be faced with threats around the globe. Here at WorldAware, our team of expert analysts, security specialists, and subject matter experts are at the ready around the clock to alert you of developing security threats and support your personnel who may need assistance while working or traveling.
The US State Department updated its travel advisory for China, Jan. 3. Media outlets quickly picked up on the development, reporting that the newest advisory warns of potential “exit bans” on US nationals in China. While many international travelers and businesses are understandably concerned over the language used in the newest advisory, it is important to note that the updated advisory contains little, if any, substantive changes from the previous version.