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As the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe since early March, lockdown measures were also taken by many governments to stem the spread of the virus. Now that some countries are preparing to lift or at least ease some of the restrictions previously imposed, it is fair to assume that life is unlikely to be the same compared to how it was prior to the outbreak.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continued to escalate throughout much of March, governments across the globe have also accelerated their efforts in hope that its spread will be stemmed in the coming months. While the pandemic was largely confined to China and several of its neighbours during the initial stages, the virus has found its way into Europe as well as the Americas and the rest of the world, threatening to cripple the healthcare system in some countries.
Chinese leadership faces coronavirus response test as annual political meet set to be postponed
The month of March is usually a busy period in Beijing due to the annual sessions of China’s parliament and its advisory body, also known as “Lianghui”. It is the time of the year where the government lists down its achievements in the past while setting out the country’s future direction. This year however, attention has been on Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak that has spread across the country and the world, killing hundreds in the process.
Over the past years, the LNA has increasingly expanded its control of territories in Libya through various military operations, heavily relying on external military capabilities. In late December 2019, Haftar forces launched a second offensive towards Tripoli, which triggered the deployment of Turkish troops in support of the United Nations-recognized GNA. In an attempt to create a favourable environment for the Berlin Conference of 18 January, a ceasefire agreement was negotiated on 12 January 2020, only to be rejected by the Haftar forces
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, that emerged from a live animal market in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province in December 20 19, is continuing to spread, and as of 30 January the number of confirmed cases of infection in China has reached over 7000. The situation is developing rapidly, and during the last few days the number of confirmed cases in China has increased quickly. The number of people who have succumbed to the disease has passed 170 people.
With the year 2019 coming to a close, the team at Safeture will present some of the major trends and events in this special Preview of 2020 edition. Our team of analysts from Brazil, Malaysia and Sweden seek to give an idea of how 2020 will be like when it comes to security risks associated with traveling. It is important to note that the preview is not a crystal ball and it does not intend to predict what exactly will happen in the year ahead but instead, it will give an informative outlook for travelers based on existing trends.
Covering all six main continents across the globe, we hope that this special edition will have something for everyone ahead of what could be an exciting year. Last but not least, we will also have a section to look back on how 2019 has been for all of us and perhaps reflect on some of the major events that have changed the world fundamentally.
Fresh from a major election victory few months earlier, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of his boldest moves yet in early August after his government revoked the special status granted to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The unilateral move came at a time where Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have continuously embarked on a nationalistic drive to rally the support of the people toward the government.
After more than two months, the series of street protests that have erupted over a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong appeared to have shown
Following a failed coup attempt in June by the Amhara hardliners, there have been growing concerns that Ethiopia could plunge further into another bout of
The militancy of Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria has often emerged as the key security threats facing the sub-Saharan Africa nation. Amidst international media outlets’
Street protests once again gripped one of the world’s busiest financial hubs, Hong Kong in early June following the government’s attempt to pass a controversial
On 7 May, Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree relaxing the rules for carrying firearms and raising a limit on ammunition purchases. This
The summer period between June and September of 2018 was marked by a particularly deadly heatwave that brought extreme hot weather to several countries in
After months of unrest, the long-time ruler of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir was finally removed in a bloodless coup led by the military. For 30 years,
The relative peace enjoyed by Sri Lanka since the end of a civil war a decade ago was shattered when Islamist militants targeted churches and
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jv8273yb’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”] On 11th of April, India began what can be considered the world’s largest “exercise in
Algeria will hold its first post-Bouteflika presidential elections on 4 July, interim leader Abdelkader Bensalah has announced on 10 April. On 2 April, long-term president
After five years in power, Indonesia’s soft-spoken and metal-loving President Joko Widodo or fondly known as “Jokowi” will face the voters in a setting all too similar to the 2014 race. His challenger will once again be Prabowo Subianto, a candidate whom he defeated back then. While the 2014 election was all about his aspirations to develop the largest economy in southeast Asia, this time around he will need to defend his administration’s records in an effort to appeal to the population to grant him another term. Opinion polls have put Jokowi ahead of his rival, Prabowo, though there is still a chance for an upset as the latter has managed to narrow down their differences as polling day looms.
The world’s largest democracy, India, will head for a general election between April and May to chart its political future for the next five years.
Venezuela suffered a massive blackout that started on 7 March at 16:45 (local time), affecting at least 22 of its 23 states. The widespread power
It has been called “one of the darkest days in New Zealand” by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, following the shootings at two mosques in the
Conflict and incident background Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated sharply once again, following a militant attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama in mid-February. What started
After a long wait, Thais will finally head to the ballot boxes for the first election since a coup d’etat that ousted then Prime Minister
In mid-January 2019 a Canadian citizen was murdered by suspected militants after being kidnapped during a raid on a mine in eastern Burkina Faso. Days
Preparation is key to prevent you from potential travel-related diseases abroad and will make your trip more enjoyable and stress-free. Fortunately, most travel-related diseases can
Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan, one of Africa’s longest-ruling head of state, appeared to be under threat since late 2018 amid largest street protests seen in