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24 November 2022

Alert Plus: Jerusalem Explosions

Situation Summary On 23 November at around 07:00 to 07:30 local time, two explosions impacted the city of Jerusalem. Both explosions occurred at bus stops located in the Givat Shaul (stop ID: 647) and Ramot Junction (stop ID: 4009) entrances to the city. The geolocated site of the Givat Shaul explosion is situated less than […]

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Istanbul
14 November 2022

Alert Plus: Istanbul Explosion

Situation Summary On 13 November, at around 16:20 local time, an explosion occurred on Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul. The street is mostly pedestrianised and is frequented by large numbers of both residents and tourists. Available footage from the attack indicates that an explosive device was placed in a bag and then left on a bench […]

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Microsoft zero day attack
04 October 2022

Confirmed Zero-Day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server

As of 4th October 2022, Microsoft have confirmed that two Zero-day vulnerabilities affect Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2016, and Exchange Server 2019. Microsoft have stated that Exchange Online customers do not need to take any action, however if you have a Hybrid Exchange infrastructure this advice still applies.

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29 September 2022

Military deployed in Ouagadougou

At around 0400 local time, gunfire and explosions were reported from military bases inside Ouagadougou. Eyewitnesses and social media also reported gunfire from the vicinity of the Presidential Palace and Camp Baba Sy, where the current transitional government headquarters are located.

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Kenyan elections
15 August 2022

Election violence in Kenya

On 15 August, violence erupted at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been scheduled to release the results of the Kenyan general election.

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Taiwan risk
02 August 2022

US speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

A delegation of American politicians, including House Speaker and senior Democratic politician Nancy Pelosi, landed at Taipei Shongshan Airport in the Republic of China (ROC, or Taiwan) on 2 August.

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17 June 2022

Alert Plus – Ecuador Protests – June 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY On 12 June large scale protests were organised by the powerful Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). These protests are about Ecuador’s rising cost of living and high inflation, in particular the rising cost of fuel. The country has seen demonstrators block roads with burning tires and barricades of sands, rocks and […]

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08 June 2022

Alert Plus – Berlin Vehicle Incident – June 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY On 8 June at approximately 10:15 local time, a silver Renault Clio vehicle left the road at the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Rankestraße, mounting the pavement and striking pedestrians. The vehicle stopped as it crashed into a Douglas store on Tauentzienstrasse, where it remains at the time of writing. Berlin police have not […]

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racing security
18 May 2022

Crescent Yamaha WorldSBK join forces with Solace Global

Solace Global have become official risk and security management partners of Crescent Yamaha for the WorldSBK series, and will be reducing the risk of disruption to races from cyber attacks, along with ongoing travel risk management to keep the team safe. Advanced risk management technology will be integrated into defending 2021 FIM Superbike World Champions, […]

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12 April 2022

Alert Plus – Brooklyn Subway Incident – April 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY On April 12 at around 08:30 am ET, gunfire and explosions were reported at the 36 th Street subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Either an explosive or smoke/incendiary device reportedly detonated before an individual opened fire, although it is currently unclear if the attack commenced on a train or at the platform. […]

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31 March 2022

Alert Plus – Escalating violence in Israel – March 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY At least five people were killed in a mass shooting in a Tel Aviv suburb on 29 March. The attack occurred in the ultra Orthodox Jewish area of Bnei Brak and began shortly before 20:00 local time. The perpetrator, identified as a 26 year old Palestinian man from Ya’bad in the West Bank, […]

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Penetration testing
29 March 2022

Penetration testing: Demonstrate your customer’s data is safe

Win your customers trust Data is a valuable commodity and the consequences of a data breach can cause not only a significant fine from the ICO, but irreversible reputation damage for a company too. Penetration Testing is important for organisations of all sizes. A well-structured and scoped penetration test can help reduce the cyber risk […]

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25 March 2022

Alert Plus – Houthi Drone Attacks – March 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY Following reports of a large explosion in Jeddah on 25 March, it was reported that the North Jeddah Bulk Plant had caught fire after being targeted by a Houthi drone or missile attack The Aramco site is located on the edge of the Al Marwah neighbourhood, approximately 4 km southeast of the King […]

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10 March 2022

Is Kaspersky antivirus a security concern?

Many have asked if sanctions against Russia could affect Kaspersky antivirus coverage, we look at the best alternative.   Is Kaspersky at risk of interrupted service? Russian owned companies have come under intense pressure from the west, and it is expected there will be more boycotts and sanctions to come, as the conflict continues. However, […]

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01 March 2022

New: Ukraine Situation Report Subscription

  Read the latest intelligence regarding the Ukraine Crisis. In response to the high levels of enquiries for trusted intelligence, we will be launching a new daily Ukraine SITREP subscription, to update you on the latest developments and military movements. Each 3 page report is written by Solace Global intelligence analysts and delivers a concise […]

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24 February 2022

Cyber Alert – Organisations urged to act following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) urges UK organisations to bolster their online defences following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine The NCSC – which is a part of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – has urged organisations to action the following guidance. Steps to take when cyber threat level is heightened Security patching – Check your systems and […]

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24 February 2022

Alert Plus – Russian Invasion of Ukraine – February 2022

Situation Summary During the early hours of 24 February 2022, President Putin announced that a military operation was underway in the Donbas, urging Ukrainian Armed Forces in the East of the country to surrender and depart the area.   ​ Explosions have been reported in multiple cities across Eastern Ukraine, in addition to the capital city of Kyiv and Odessa in […]

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22 February 2022

How To Prevent a Security Breach Through Email

5 questions you should be asking your IT team about Phishing   Fraudulent Microsoft365 emails and employees clicking on phishing emails could be a significant GDPR risk. The consequences of a security breach are greater than ever, with increasing costs to recover businesses each year. Checking with your IT team the following measures are in […]

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22 February 2022

Alert Plus – Ukraine Russia Crisis – February 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY In a televised announcement on 21 February 2022, President Putin declared that Russia would officially recognize the rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states. Following requests for military assistance from the leaders of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, President Putin has reportedly committed to deploying Russian Armed Forces to the […]

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25 January 2022

Alert Plus – Burkina Faso Coup – January 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY In a statement on national television on 24 January, the Burkina Faso Armed Forces announced that they had dissolved the country’s government, suspended the constitution, and closed national borders Alongside this, a nationwide curfew is currently in force from 21 00 to 05 00. The coup followed a series of revolts at army […]

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17 January 2022

Alert Plus – Tonga Eruption – January 2022

SITUATION SUMMARY Tonga’s Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, located roughly 65 kilometres north of the capital Nuku’aolofa erupted violently at 04 10 GMT on 15 January. Satellite imagery of the eruption indicated a 5 kilometre wide plume of ash and gas rising 20 kilometres into the air The eruption also triggered tsunami warnings and […]

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Log4J
13 December 2021

Critical Cyber Security Vulnerability: Log4J

Solace Cyber advises of a new and highly critical cyber security vulnerability, Log4J   Solace Cyber have shared an advisory detailing what Log4J is and what action should be taken by organisations,  read more here. Log4J is a zero day exploit, which gives attackers access through a back door within the java library, allowing unauthenticated […]

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18 November 2021

Alert Plus- Kampala Bombings – November 2021

SITUATION SUMMARY At least six people were killed, and 36 others suffered injuries in a twin suicide bomb attack in central Kampala on 16 November. According to an official Ugandan Police Force statement published on 16 November, the first attack occurred at a security checkpoint near to the Central Police Station at around 10:03 local […]

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17 November 2021

Alert Plus – UK Terror Threat – November 2021

SITUATION SUMMARY On 15 November, the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the nationwide terrorism threat level from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’. A terrorist attack is now regarded as highly likely under the UK’s index of threat levels, of which the severe categorisation is the second-highest level of warning.​ Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that the JTAC’s decision to raise the UK’s […]

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11 November 2021

Solace Cyber secures a leading UK university

 Universities can be an easy target for cyber crime. Universities can be an easy target for cyber criminals, due to the vast number of end points from students and staff, coupled with the high level of cyber threats faced on a daily basis. A leading UK university with nearly 10,000 students and over 100 […]

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26 October 2021

Solace Global – Sudan Alert Plus – PM and other ministers detained in military coup​

SITUATION SUMMARY  Unidentified military and paramilitary groups launched a coup in Khartoum early on Monday, 25 October. The Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, civilian members of the Transitional Sovereign Council and other government ministers have all been detained. A nationwide state of emergency has been declared and the sovereign council has been dissolved. Soldiers have also been deployed across Khartoum and are […]

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14 October 2021

Alert Plus – Fatal attack in Kongsberg, Norway

SITUATION SUMMARY On 13 October, an individual armed with a bow and arrows attacked and killed five people in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg. Officials have stated that he may have also had ‘other weapons’ but the nature of these has not been disclosed. Two other people were injured during the attack, including an off […]

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17 August 2021

Alert Plus – Planned Extinction Rebellion Protests

SITUATION SUMMARY In London next week, Extinction Rebellion are set to commence what could be their longest series of unrest thus far.  The group are planning to occupy sites throughout the British capital from 10:00 local time on 23 August. The specific locations of the unrest remain vague at this time however, the demonstrations will […]

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16 August 2021

Alert Plus – Fall of Kabul

SITUATION SUMMARY On 15 August 2021, the Afghan capital of Kabul fell to the Taliban. The country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has also departed for Tajikistan. The Taliban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, are now in control of all major buildings in the city, except for the airport. The capture has […]

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26 July 2021

Alert Plus – Tunisia Political Unrest

  SITUATION SUMMARY On Sunday, 25 July 2021, Tunisia’s President Kais Saied dismissed the country’s government and suspended parliament. The announcement came after nationwide violent protests over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of the country’s economy. The president announced that he would assume executive authority with a new prime minister. Protesters […]

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16 July 2021

Alert Plus – Extensive Flooding Following Heavy Rainfall

SITUATION SUMMARY Hundreds of people are reportedly unaccounted for following the worst flooding in decades in north-western Germany. Record rainfall has caused rivers to burst their banks and led to widespread devastation in the region. In Germany, more than 80 people are reported to have been killed, while across the border in Belgium, at least […]

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Haiti President Killed
08 July 2021

Alert+ – Haiti President Killed

President Moïse killed in armed attack in Port-au-Prince SITUATION SUMMARY In the early morning hours of 7 July, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen at his private residence in the Pelerin 5 district of Pétion-Ville, an affluent suburb of Port-au-Prince. First Lady Martine Moïse also sustained critical injuries and is receiving […]

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23 June 2021

Solace proudly supports Ray Carole Author on The World’s Worst Ever Book Tour

From 22nd June and throughout July of 2021 Ray is undertaking a journey of 3000 miles stopping at 40 public houses (pubs) in the “World’s Worst Ever Book Signing Tour”. The tour debuts his novel ‘The Clinic’ where he will be selling and signing copies along his route. The money raised from the tour will support the The Bowra Foundation. The Bowra Foundation, founded […]

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09 June 2021

Solace Global Risk Supports Narco Wars

In a new 10-part documentary series, Narco Wars explores the rise of drug trafficking and the accompanied violence among drug cartels. The series, filmed across Latin America, looks at the illegal drug trade both past and present, examining both why and what this means for the war against drugs. Solace Global Risk understands the inherent […]

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11 May 2021

Alert Plus – Israel

Tensions Escalate Following Al Aqsa Protests – Israel – 11 May 2021 SITUATION SUMMARY  In the past 24 hours, Israel has launched a series of deadly overnight airstrikes against targets in Gaza, killing at least 26 Palestinians, including nine children. The airstrikes were ordered in response to a barrage of rocket attacks launched by Palestinian […]

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Haiti
10 February 2021

Alert Plus – Haiti

Political Crisis Sparks Violent Unrest in Port-au-Prince  Haiti – 10 February 2021 – Political and Civil Unrest Risk  SITUATION SUMMARY  Haitian President Jovenel Moise has claimed that a plot to assassinate him and stage a coup d’état has been foiled by authorities. In a national address on the morning of 7 February, President Moise announced that 23 people had been arrested, including a Supreme Court judge and a senior police […]

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Myanmar
01 February 2021

Alert Plus – Myanmar

Alert+ – Year Long State of Emergency Declared Following Military Coup d’Etat Myanmar– 01 February 2021 – Political Risk SITUATION SUMMARY  On 1 February, Myanmar’s military seized control of the country in a coup d’état that saw civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government officials detained in a series of early morning […]

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Vienna Shootings
03 November 2020

Alert Plus – Vienna

At least five dead following attack by gunmen in Vienna Austria – 3 November 2020 – Terror Risk SITUATION SUMMARY Several gunmen carrying assault rifles have opened fire in a number of locations in central Vienna in an apparent complex terror attack that has left at least four civilians dead and a further 15 seriously […]

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29 October 2020

Alert Plus – Nice Knife Attack

SITUATION SUMMARY On 29 October, an attack occurred outside the Notre Dame church in Nice. At the time of writing, three people have been killed and several others injured, the assailant has also been detained. In addition to the attack, a man has been shot by police in Avignon for threatening passers by with a […]

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23 October 2020

Alert Plus – Nigeria Civil Unrest

SITUATION SUMMARY On 20 October, footage was released online of uniformed men opening fire on a crowd of demonstrators in Lekki Suburb. There were also reports that soldiers were witnessed barricading the protest site moments before live rounds were fired. It is still uncertain how many were left dead. Protests in Nigeria began on 7 […]

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26 September 2020

Alert Plus – Paris Knife Attack

SITUATION SUMMARY On 25 September, two people were reportedly injured, one seriously, in a knife attack in the French capital, Paris. The incident occurred near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The victims are reported to be journalists working for Premières Lignes. ​ It is understood that the two victims were taking a cigarette break when the attacker […]

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07 September 2020

Alert Plus – Birmingham Stabbings

SITUATION SUMMARY: Between approximately 00:30 and 02:20 on Sunday, 6 September, at least one person was killed, and seven others were injured in a spate of stabbings that took place at four locations across Birmingham City Centre, England. Police were first called to reports of a stabbing in Constitution Hill at around 00:30 local time. […]

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20 August 2020

Alert Plus – Apparent Coup: Military Mutiny Leads to President Resignation

SITUATION SUMMARY During a televised address, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned. The announcement comes after the president was detained by soldiers on Tuesday, 18 August. The country’s parliament has also been dissolved, plunging the country into political uncertainty. It remains unclear if the military is now officially in charge of the country. The news […]

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Lebanon Explosion
05 August 2020

Alert Plus – Giant Explosion in Beirut Port Leads to Hundreds of Fatalities

SITUATION SUMMARY  A significant explosion has killed more than 100 people and left more than 4,000 injured in Beirut on Tuesday, 4 August. The blast originated in the city’s port area and appears to have occurred following an industrial fire. At this time, the blast seems to be accidental, possibly the result of unsafely stored […]

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02 July 2020

Alert Plus – 81 killed in ongoing protests over murdered musician in Ethiopia

SITUATION SUMMARY At least 81 people have been killed in a wave of unrest that erupted in Addis Ababa and the surrounding Oromia region following the murder of a prominent musician of the Oromo ethnic group. The musician, Haacaalu Hundeessa, died on Monday in a targeted gun attack in Addis Ababa. On Tuesday, protests erupted […]

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27 June 2020

Alert Plus – Six injured in knife attack in Glasgow

  SITUATION SUMMARY On Friday, 26 June, six people were injured in a knife attack at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in central Glasgow, Scotland, in the United Kingdom. A male suspect was shot dead by specialist firearms police officers at the scene. The six victims are all being treated in hospital, including one […]

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22 June 2020

Alert Plus – Three killed following knife attack in Reading

SITUATION SUMMARY On Saturday, 20 June, three people were killed and three others sustained severe wounds in a stabbing attack in Reading’s Forbury Gardens park (around 60 kilometres west of London). Emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 19:00 local time following reports of multiple people being stabbed. Within minutes, they blocked several […]

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06 March 2020

International Women’s Day 2020 – The Rise of the Female Business Traveller.

There has been a significant rise in the number of women travelling for both business and personal reasons in recent years, an estimate of $125 billion is to be spent on travel by women in 2020 alone(1). Regardless of the different situations and incidents going on within the modern world, women are not averse to […]

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06 March 2020

Solace Global are proud to announce that we are now compatible with what3words

The new initiative, what3words, is a simple way to talk about your current location. It has given each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address, meaning you can refer to any precise location with just three words, no co-ordinates necessary. Although our travel tracking app, Solace Secure, allows you to pinpoint your […]

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25 February 2020

Solace Global Supports Aldo Kane in Tigers: Hunting the Traffickers

Tigers: Hunting the Traffickers In a new one-hour documentary from Grain Media, former Royal Marines Commando, Aldo Kane exposes the secrets of the illegal tiger trade in South East Asia. Aldo Kane has turned his hand to providing safety measures for film and television productions in extreme environments, under his company Vertical Planet. In his […]

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03 January 2020

US-Iran tensions escalate in Iraq

SITUATION SUMMARY On 3 January, the Pentagon confirmed a targeted airstrike had been conducted at Baghdad International Airport. The target of the strike was one of Iran’s most powerful commanders, General Qasem Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran’s elite Quds force and their operations throughout the Middle East. The airstrikes resulted in seven killed, including the deputy […]

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16 December 2019

Earthquake in Southern Philippines – Alert Plus

SITUATION SUMMARY On 15 December, at approximately 06:00 UTC, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake was recorded six kilometres south of Magsaysay, southwest of Davao on the island of Mindanao. The earthquake measured a depth of 22.4 kilometres and was felt across Davao del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces. The majority of casualties and […]

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10 December 2019

New Zealand Eruption – Alert Plus

SITUATION SUMMARY On 9 December, at approximately 14.30 local time, the Whakaari/White Island Volcano in the Bay of Plenty erupted, sending a large plume of smoke into the sky. Authorities reported that up to 47 people, including New Zealanders and foreign tourists, may have been on the island when the eruption occurred. At the time of […]

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12 November 2019

President seeks asylum in Mexico amid Bolivian Protests

SITUATION SUMMARY Evo Morales has resigned as the President of Bolivia on 10 November and, a day later, the ousted president accepted political asylum in Mexico and departed from the country, being transported to the airport by military helicopter. Along with the president, numerous senior officials have also resigned. The president’s decision to step down […]

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22 October 2019

Diwali 2019 and Relating Travel Risks

SITUATION SUMMARY Diwali, also know as Deepavali, is the annual Hindu festival of light that celebrates the spiritual victory of good over evil, and light over dark. In the days leading up to and during the festivity, people decorate their homes with colourful decorations and oil lamps, called diyas. Festivities last for five days and […]

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10 October 2019

Ecuador Demonstrations and The State of Emergency

SITUATION SUMMARY Thousands of protesters have been taking to the streets in Ecuador over the past ten days. While the unrest was initially triggered by the elimination of petrol and diesel subsidies, it has now developed into an anti-government demonstration. Protests in the capital have become increasingly violent, with clashes between the demonstrators and police, […]

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27 September 2019

World Maritime Day 2019 – Piracy and Maritime Insecurity in the 21st Century

World Maritime Day falls on 26th September 2019 In 2010 Solace Global started out as Solace Global Maritime – providing armed security on vessels transiting the High Risk Piracy Area’s. Throughout the years the company has diversified its tasks ranging from anti-narcotics vessel searches in Colombia to bespoke Oil and Gas projects Globally. Solace Global Maritime supports […]

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09 September 2019

Oktoberfest Travel Advice 2019

SITUATION SUMMARY From 21 September to 6 October 2019, Munich and other major Bavarian cities are set to host the world’s largest Volksfest (or beer festival and travelling funfair). The annual folk festival runs from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. The festival has been held every year since 1810. The […]

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29 August 2019

UK Government Suspends Parliament

SITUATION SUMMARY On 28 August 2019, the Queen of the United Kingdom approved Boris Johnson’s request for a suspension, or a prorogation, of UK parliament. The prorogue will be for 23 working days and is set to begin between 9-12 September until 14 October, four days before EU leaders are due to meet on 17 […]

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27 August 2019

JAPAN 日本 2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to kick off on 20 September in Japan. This is the first time the tournament will be held in Asia, and outside of the traditional heartland of the Rugby Union. For many people, this will be their first experience of Japan and while one of the safest countries […]

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06 August 2019

United States of America – Two Mass Shootings in 24 hours

   

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30 July 2019

Hajj and Relating Travel Risks

Our latest Solace AlertPlus looks at recent incidents or world events that may impact on travellers. Here we look at the travel risks associated with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.  

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17 July 2019

Deadly Monsoon hits South-East Asia

Our latest Solace AlertPlus looks at recent incidents or world events that may impact on travellers. Here we look at the devastating Monsoon Season that has hit several South East Asian countries.

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10 July 2019

Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019 – Solace Global on Supporting our Media Clients

Over the 10-11 July the Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019 is due to take place in London. The first of its kind, the conference between the UK and Canadian governments comes as part of an international campaign to promote media freedom though focusing on the challenges faced by journalists and other media workers and […]

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17 June 2019

Solace achieve Cyber Essentials PLUS certification  

Solace Global are proud to announce they have achieved the Cyber Essentials PLUS certification.   Cyber Essentials is a UK government information assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that encourages organisations to adopt good practice in information security. Cyber Essentials was developed in collaboration with industry partners such as the Information Security […]

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12 June 2019

Solace proudly supports Craig Haslam’s Cycling Challenge

On 13th June 2019, former Royal Marine Craig Haslam, will undertake an 4219mile cycle around mainland UK using A and B roads. Craig is aiming to complete the cycle in 17 days without crossing any road twice. Craig says of his cycling challenge: “There are many personal reasons why I have chosen to challenge myself with […]

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05 June 2019

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

  World Environment Day 2019 World Environment Day is organised to raise awareness on emerging environmental issues which are affecting the well-being of communities as well as the economic development of nations across the world. It takes place every 5 June and it is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries. Every World Environment Day […]

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31 May 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 22

 GLOBAL HEADLINES Nepal  Double explosion kills four in Kathmandu On 26 May, four people were killed and at least eight others were injured in three explosions setting off in the Ghattekulo and Sukendhara areas of Kathmandu and in the nearby Chandragiri Municipality. According to local sources, police have also defused devices in the Koteshwor and […]

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30 May 2019

Enhanced Monitoring and Light Touch Support for ‘The Final Mission: Foxy’s War’

Filmed as part of a television documentary series with Jason Fox (SAS: Who Dares Wins and The Real Narcos) as he sets out on a personal journey back to Afghanistan. Following on from his documentary ‘The Real Narcos’ where he followed the illegal narcotics trade and those involved with drug cartels, Solace were thrilled to […]

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24 May 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 21

 GLOBAL HEADLINES United States of America Protests against legislation banning abortion in Alabama and other states Thousands of people have turned out across America to protest against recent state legislation banning abortion in several states including Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri. The #StopTheBans protests were organised by at least 50 civil liberties groups including the […]

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17 May 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 20

GLOBAL HEADLINES Pakistan Gunmen attack five-star hotel in Balochistan On 11 May, three gunmen attacked the Pearl Continental hotel in the city of Gwadar, Balochistan, killing three members of staff and two security officers, and wounding at least six others. Following an eight-hour shootout with Pakistan security forces, all the gunmen were killed. A police […]

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17 May 2019

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 and is now celebrated annually in over 130 countries. The date intends to help build solidarity for the community and to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and all other people with different sexual orientations, […]

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14 May 2019

Fujairah – Maritime Brief

Executive Summary According to the latest intelligence, on 12 May, four ships were targeted, two Saudi vessels and two others, off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Speculation remains rife regarding who was behind the attack, with US Intelligence blaming Iranian backed proxies. Despite continued social media chatter stating that the attack happened in […]

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10 May 2019

Global Election Review for May 2019 – continue to be kept informed…

  Click to view the Global Election Review – Solace Global – May 2019, you’ll notice this is a more in-depth look at each election – the new format replaces the initial free report previously posted. This PDF is a sample, so only includes May and a look back at April. The new full report will […]

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03 May 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 18

GLOBAL HEADLINES Venezuela: Caracas        Self-proclaimed Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido calls for protests and military uprising News outlets reported that self-proclaimed leader, Juan Guaido, called for an uprising in a push to take control of Venezuela and inviting the army to join the opposition. Prominent opposition activist, Leopoldo Lopez, also joined in the plea for a […]

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30 April 2019

Solace Global Intelligence – sign up to be kept informed…

Solace Global in-house intelligence division monitor global events 24/7; analysing all manner of risks ranging from political and civil unrest to health and environmental warnings. Our tactical analysts produce situational reports, travel advisories, security briefings and special reports in response to global incidents – see our News & Reports page for recent examples. Join our mailing list to […]

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29 April 2019

Solace Global continue their support for Vitus Pro Cycling Team

Solace Global are happy to announce their continued support for Vitus Pro Cycling Team, Powered By Brother UK in 2019. Solace Global are a risk management company with headquarters in Poole, Dorset, specialising in travel risk management, in-country security, intelligence, tracking and crisis management. Solace Global began their relationship with the Vitus team at the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire […]

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26 April 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 17

Sri Lanka: Nationwide      Coordinated bombings kill hundreds in Eastern Sunday terror attack A series of coordinated bombings targeting three churches and three luxury hotels took place on 21 April, Easter Sunday, in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. The first 6 blasts, exploding around 08:45 am local time, were aimed at maximising casualties, targeting […]

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23 April 2019

Maritime threats & mitigating risks – Solace Global proudly advises the Maiden team

Maiden is the iconic ocean racing yacht, that made history with Tracy Edwards and her all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race when they became the first all female crew to sail around the world. Having won two of the six legs and finished second overall in their class, their triumph […]

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22 April 2019

Earth Day – The Risks Posed by Climate Change and Environmental Degradation

On April 22, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. Various events and demonstrations are held across the globe to raise awareness on environmental protection and shed light on climate concerns. In recent years, governments and international organisations have attempted to engage in the environmental debate and looked to provide long term solutions to […]

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18 April 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 16

Australia: Melbourne Nightclub shooting leaves one dead and three injured Local media sources reported that at approximately 03:20 local time on 14 April, a shooting incident took place outside the Love Machine nightclub on Malvern Road in the Prahran district of Melbourne. At least one person, a security guard, was killed in the drive-by shooting, […]

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12 April 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 15

  GLOBAL HEADLINES Libya: Nationwide The Haftar LNA advances on Tripoli, sparking clashes with the forces of the UN-backed Government of National Accord On 3 April the Presidential Council declared a state of emergency in Tripoli and the Government of National Accord (GNA) mobilised allied forces following reports of the Libyan National Army (LNA) advancing […]

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08 April 2019

Global Election Review for April 2019 – continue to be kept informed…

Click to view the Global Election Review 2019 – April, you’ll notice this is a more in-depth look at each election – the new format replaces the initial free report previously posted. This PDF is a sample, so only includes April and a look back at March. The new full report will provide a comprehensive understanding […]

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05 April 2019

Global Security Forecast – Week 14

GLOBAL HEADLINES Iran: Hamedan Adverse weather causes flooding in the west of the country After years of drought, western Iran received 70 percent of the region’s annual rainfall in a single day. As a result of the unprecedented adverse weather, flooding has heavily impacted Hamedan, in Hamedan Province and Pol-e Dokhtar, in Lorestan Province. On […]

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29 March 2019

GLOBAL SECURITY FORECAST • WEEK 13

GLOBAL HEADLINES Mali: Mopti Region Over one hundred Fulani people killed in attacks in central Mali Local reports now suggest that at least 134 Fulani herders have been killed in attacks carried out at the villages of Ogossagou and Welingara in the Mopti region, during 23 March. Gunmen, reportedly dressed as local Dogon hunters, encircled […]

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22 March 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 12

Netherlands: Utrecht At least three people killed following suspected terrorist shooting on tram; suspects confesses On 18 March, Turkish born Gokmen Tanis opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The tram was located at 24 Octoberplein when the incident occurred and stopped in the middle of a road junction. Three people […]

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22 March 2019

Maritime Snapshot Weeks 11 & 12

Maritime Incidents in weeks 11 and 12 Americas 10 March: Attempted robbery in Macapa, Brazil Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a rope with a hook in Macapa Anchorage, Brazil. The duty AB on routine rounds spotted the robbers and immediately informed the OOW, who raised the alarm. PA announcement […]

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15 March 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 11 • 15 – 22 March 2019

    Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Ethiopian Airlines 737 crashes en route to Nairobi; 737 MAX aircraft grounded globally as a result of the crash An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 has crashed whilst en route to Nairobi, Kenya. The location of the crash is, as yet, unconfirmed. It is likely that hundreds of lives have been […]

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12 March 2019

So What is the Impact of the 737 MAX Groundings?

On 10 March, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 lost contact six minutes after departing from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, heading to Nairobi. All 157 passengers and crew aboard the Ethiopian Airline flight were killed when the plane crashed south of the town of Bishoftu. This incident comes after the same model, operated by […]

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08 March 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 10 • 8 – 15 March 2019

  Algeria: Nationwide Anti-government protests underway nationwide Demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s announcement to run for a fifth term in office have organised nationwide. Protests have been out on the streets of Algiers, centred mainly outside the Universities of Bejaia and Bouira. Large crowds and limited scenes of unrest and even clashes were also reported […]

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08 March 2019

International Women’s Day and Female Business Travellers

For International Women’s Day, Solace Global wanted to celebrate the fact that female business travellers are becoming more and more frequent. In the US, women now account for nearly 40 percent of business travellers. This number is reflected in the UK and is only going to grow in the coming years. Indeed, we are seeing […]

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01 March 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 9 • 2-8 March

Click the link to Download PDF: Solace Global – Global Security Forecast – Week 9 Solace Global’s Global Security Forecast is a weekly risk round-up that is issued weekly by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team. The report covers important and interesting stories that have occurred over the past week and also includes a few upcoming events to […]

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28 February 2019

Maritime Snapshot Week 9

Click the link to Download PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 9 The Solace Global Maritime Snapshot provides an overview of the latest maritime incidents across the globe as well as a deeper look at some interesting maritime stories that have occurred.

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22 February 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 8 • 23 February – 1 March

GLOBAL HEADLINES Nigeria: Nationwide – Severe Political Risk Elections delayed until 23 February after electoral commission unable to get materials to polling stations. The general elections that were scheduled in Nigeria on 16 February to elect the President and the National Assembly were delayed until the 23 February. The initial vote was, quite dramatically, rescheduled […]

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15 February 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 7 • 16 – 22 February

GLOBAL HEADLINES France: Nationwide – Clashes reported at Yellow Vest protests nationwide, 9-10 February. After the National Assembly passed a controversial “anti-hooligan law” that allows police to ban demonstrations, on 9-10 February, a “Yellow Vest” protest was held. Violent clashes were reported along the Champs Elysees and police fired tear gas at protesters. Violence was also […]

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15 February 2019

Maritime Snapshot Week 7

Americas 8 February: Piracy negatively affecting illegal trade between South America and Trinidad Contraband smugglers are seeing a negative impact on their ability to trade between South America and Trinidad as a result of the rise of piracy off the Venezuelan coast. While the trade of narcotics appears to be flourishing, trade in tropical birds, […]

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08 February 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 6 • 9 – 15 February

Bahrain: Nationwide – Possibility of protest action on anniversary of 2011 unrest on 14 February The upcoming anniversary heightens the risk posed to travellers as security forces are expected to adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards anti-government protests held on the day. “Preventative” arrests are highly likely prior to 14 February and aggressive dispersal measures will be […]

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01 February 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 5 • 1 – 8 February

Venezuela: Nationwide – Unrest continues across country as political uncertainty in country Protests continue to impact Venezuela as the political situation remains volatile and unchanged following violent unrest that occurred in Caracas and other urban centres on the anniversary of the 1958 civilian-military movement to dispose of the military junta. Over the past week, numerous […]

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29 January 2019

Maritime Snapshot Week 4

Gulf of Guinea 24 January: Vessel attack 35nm south of Brass An underway product tanker was reportedly attacked by a single skiff with between 5 and 7 armed pirates onboard, roughly 35nm SSW of Brass, Nigeria. The general alarm was raised, non-essential crew mustered in the citadel and the vessel conducted evasive manoeuvres. The pirates […]

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25 January 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 4 • 26 – 31 JANUARY

VENEZUELA: Countrywide – Anti-government protests to continue following international support l Risk Rating Change l HIGH to SEVERE l Defer All Travel As part of Solace Global country risk review system, the risk rating for Venezuela has changed from HIGH to SEVERE.   We are advising travellers to DEFER ALL TRAVEL at the current time and for […]

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21 January 2019

MARITIME SNAPSHOT WEEKS 2 & 3

Gulf of Guinea 13 January: Threat by Nigerian Delta “agitators” on country’s oil wells In a statement, Niger Delta “agitators” have threatened to shut down the country if the Federal Government goes ahead with the “harassment” of the Chief Justice. The coalition of the agitators also warned all those who own oil wells in the […]

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21 January 2019

Opposition Leader Calls for Protests in the DRC Following Courts Decision to Reject Appeal

Martin Fayulu, leader of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has called for campaign of civil disobedience following the Constitutional Courts decision to reject his appeal against the election results on 20 January. As a result Felix Tshisekedi,  of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress party, could […]

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18 January 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 3 • 19 – 25 January

LEBANON: Beirut –  Anticipate disruption during Arab League Summit 19 -20 January The Arab Social and Economic Development Summit will take place in Beirut on Saturday, 19 January and conclude on Sunday, 20 January 20.  Travellers in Beirut should anticipate heightened security throughout the city as well as road closures and travel disruption over the weekend.  […]

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11 January 2019

Global Security Forecast • Week 2 • 12 – 19 January 2019

United States: Countrywide – Security fears grow at public transport hubs following government shutdown. A spokesperson for the Transport Security Administration (TSA) announced on 9 January that an increasing number of TSA agents have resigned from their jobs and many others are considering quitting following the partial government shutdown and the subsequent loss of federal employee […]

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08 January 2019

Release of the DRC election results imminent, be prepared to stand fast in secure location.

Local reports indicate that the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) could release the result of the Presidential election tomorrow (9 January).  Reports are not confirmed however all travellers in country should minimise movement outside secure premises due to the risk of widespread unrest and associated violence. The election period has been marred by allegations of […]

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04 January 2019

Global Security Forecast • 05 – 12 January 2018

CHINA: Beijing – US issues travel warning after a spate of high-profile international detentions. The US state department has issued a travel advisory following a series of high-profile detentions of Canadian and American citizens in China.  The warning comes after two Canadians, one a former diplomat, were arrested and remain in detention following accusations that they […]

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21 December 2018

Global Security Forecast • Week 51 • 21 – 27 DECEMBER 2018

UNITED KINGDOM: Gatwick Airport, London –  Anticipate disruption; flight delays at Gatwick following drone activity near runway. Gatwick has reopened its runway and a limited number of planes have been allowed to arrive and depart after the authorities implemented a 36-hour suspension of flights after a drone was sighted near one of the runways.  Despite the […]

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20 December 2018

Solace Global Maritime Weekly Snapshot – Week 51

Incidents Europe 18 December: A Russian cargo vessel ran aground off English coast A Russian cargo ship ran aground off Cornwall after its anchor dragged in high winds. The vessel began to list 5 degrees before tugs intervened and rescued the ship at high tide.   Gulf of Guinea 14 December: Chemical tanker fired upon […]

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14 December 2018

GLOBAL SECURITY FORECAST • WEEK 50 • 15– 22 DECEMBER 2018

EUROPE: Belgium, Croatia, France; Netherlands (LOW) – Yellow vest protests likely to persist in coming weeks. The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests that began in France over planned tax hikes on fuel, continue to spread and cause disruption throughout major European cities. After weeks of disruptive protests in France, President Emmanuel Macron conceded, ending the proposed […]

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13 December 2018

MARITIME SNAPSHOT – WEEK 50

A Closer Look at Maritime Incidents This Week The Gulf of Guinea’s shifting piracy trends The Gulf of Guinea (GoG) is currently seeing a shift in piracy trends, while maritime hijackings are down, the total incident numbers are up. The majority of the incidents in the GoG have been reported around Nigeria; however, there has […]

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07 December 2018

GLOBAL SECURITY FORECAST • WEEK 49 • 7 – 14 DECEMBER 2018

TOGO: Nationwide (Moderate) – Nationwide: Anticipate heightened security; disruption, following ban on opposition protest The Togolese government have banned all opposition protests and rallies in the build up to the 20 December legislative elections stating fears over public disorder.  Demonstrations had been planned by opposition leaders in urban centres throughout the country from 8 December to […]

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30 November 2018

Global Security Forecast – Week 48

GLOBAL FORECAST: 30 – 06 December UNITED STATES: MIDWEST STATES (LOW) – Anticipate travel disruption as severe weather warning issued from 30 November to 2 December. The US National Weather Service (NWS) have issued a winter weather warning for large parts of the Mid-West and Northern Plains with blizzard conditions expected from the evening of Friday […]

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23 November 2018

Weekly Security Forecast

GLOBAL FORECAST: 23 – 30 NOVEMBER GUINEA-BISSAU: URBAN CENTRES (MODERATE) – Anticipate protests following further delay in legislative elections A further delay in the deadline for voter registration has led to the postponement of legislative elections in Guinea Bissau. The polls that were meant to take place on November 18 have now been pushed back to […]

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23 November 2018

Week 46-47 – Maritime Security Snapshot

The main area of activity in the past two weeks has been in the Gulf of Guinea. There have been numerous boardings and attacks; this includes a kidnapping that required Nigerian Navy intervention. By contrast, the Indian Ocean HRA has been relatively quiet over the past weeks with no significant incidents since the attack on […]

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20 November 2018

Suicide Explosion, Airport Road, Kabul

TRAVEL ADVICE Avoid the vicinity Uranus Wedding Hall on Airport Road until the blast site has been cleared by authorities. If you are currently in the area, minimise movement until the situation stabilises and comply with all security force directives Road closures are expected in the vicinity of the attack on Airport Road. Liaise with […]

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16 November 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 46

Headlines From This Week   United States: Wildfires ongoing in California as latest death toll hits record numbers – Fifty-six people have been killed and 130 people are unaccounted for in the deadliest wildfire ever recorded in California state. The blaze, which started as a result of a campfire, spread rapidly towards urban centres in […]

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09 November 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 45

Headlines From This Week Untied States: California: Mass Shooting in Bar – Twelve people were killed, and multiple injuries reported, after a gunman opened fire at 23.20 in a crowded bar on 7 November. The Borderline Bar and Grill was hosting a live music event for students when the gunman forced his way into the […]

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02 November 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 44

Headlines From This Week One killed and 20 injured after a suicide bomber detonated explosive device in Tunisia’s capital Tunis on 29 October – The explosion occurred just before 14:00 (local time) in the centrally located Avenue Habib Bourguiba, not far from the ministry of interior and the French Embassy. The attack killed the perpetrator, […]

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30 October 2018

Week 43/4 – Maritime Weekly Security Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 28 October 18: Pirate whaler seized and destroyed by EU NAVFOR: EU NAVFOR military personnel seized an active Pirate Action Group (PAG) whaler on 28 October before destroying the vessel in a controlled explosion.  The whaler had been under surveillance since a merchant vessel was attacked off the coast […]

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26 October 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 43

Headlines From This Week Foreign national killed in Madagascar – A French national who had been a long-time resident in Madagascar was killed during an armed robbery in the Ankadikely Ilafy suburb of the capital Antananarivo. Police are currently searching for the assailants and it remains unclear at this time if the person was targeted […]

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19 October 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 42

Headlines From This Week At least 20 people were killed following shooting in Kerch, Crimea – Dozens were also wounded following the shooting in a college in Kerch on 17 October. Russia’s Investigative Committee said that an 18-year old student entered the school and left a nail bomb in the cafeteria before detonating the explosive […]

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18 October 2018

Week 42 – Maritime Weekly Security Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 16 October 18: MV attacked off 340nm east of Mogadishu, Somalia. Four pirates in a speed boat approached an underway bulk carrier at 1234 UTC in position 00°49N, 050°53E.  The pirates, armed with AK-47s, fired several shots towards the vessel prompting the Master to raise the alarm, contact local […]

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12 October 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Roundup – Week 41

Headlines From This Week Hurricane Michael hits the United States – At least 11 people have been killed after Hurricane Michael made landfall just north of Mexico Beach (Bay County, Florida), rapidly escalating from a Category 2 to a Category 4 storm (Saffir Simpson scale). The storm achieved wind speeds of 155mph (250kph); falling just […]

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12 October 2018

Week 40 and 41 – Maritime Weekly Security Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 28 September 18: Coalition Forces Intercept Missile Fired Towards Aden, Yemen. Local media reported the target of the attack was believed to be the coalition’s headquarters in the district of Buraigh, Aden. No casualties were reported. 01 October 18: Coalition Forces Intercept Rigged Speedboats Targeting Jazan Port, Saudi Arabia. […]

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05 October 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 40

Headlines From This Week Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami – On 28 September an earthquake measuring 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, struck the central island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The magnitude and location of the earthquake caused a tsunami and may have contributed towards two volcanic eruptions. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami decimated the city […]

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28 September 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 39

Headlines From This Week Protests in Basra – On 23 September, the Basra Protest Coordination Committee organised a rally in Basra to denounce the shortage of potable water and lack of services in the province. Since the beginning of July, angry residents have regularly taken to the streets to protest the government’s shortcomings. Anti-government demonstrations […]

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26 September 2018

Week 39 – Maritime Weekly Security Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 20 September 18: MV Approached in Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria. Two boats approached the MV at 2345UTC in position 6°16’51N, 3°13’16E. At 2358UTC, two unauthorised persons were sighted on the main deck. When challenged, they escaped using a rope tied on board. No items were reported stolen. 22 September 18: […]

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21 September 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 38

Headlines From This Week Protests in Ethiopia – Thousands of people marched in Addis Ababa on 17 September to denounce the deadly ethnic violence on the outskirts of the capital. The civil unrest caused traffic disruption and businesses were forced to shut. Reports state that five demonstrators were killed in clashes that erupted with security […]

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20 September 2018

Week 38 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 11 September 18: US and UK Navies Conduct Countermine Exercises. The exercise will take place off Djibouti, with the focus on the key choke point of the Bab el Mandeb strait. 15 September 18: Saudis Destroy Houthi Missiles Fired at Jizan Province. The missile was reported to be targeting […]

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14 September 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 37

Headlines From This Week Hurricane Florence – Hurricane Florence is the first major hurricane of the 2018 hurricane season to hit the United States. Florence has now been downgraded to category one but is still expected to bring sustained windspeeds of up to 60mph and up to 40 inches of rain in some areas. 1.7 […]

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14 September 2018

Week 36 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 07 September 18: WBIED Seized by Saudi-led Coalition. Yemeni national forces, supported by the Saudi-led international coalition, intercepted a remote-controlled water-borne improvised explosive device in the Red Sea. The device was built into the hull of a speedboat, and reached speeds of 35kts. It is highly likely that the […]

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07 September 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 36

Headlines From This Week Tripoli Ceasefire Agreed – After 10 days of fighting in the Libyan capital, a tentative ceasefire overseen by the UN’s Libya envoy, was agreed between rival militias on 05 September. During the fighting, hundreds of prisoners escaped and at least 50 people have been killed. The ceasefire is unlikely to hold, […]

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04 September 2018

Supporting Tour of Britain, One Day Ahead Challenge – charity ride in aid of The Dave Rayner Fund

Solace Global will provide tracking support to Phil Jones, the managing director of Brother UK, who will ride the entire 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain route one day ahead of the race with cancer survivor and cycling world record holder James Golding. With Solace Global’s tracking app, downloadable from the App Store (Solace Tracking), […]

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31 August 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 35

Headlines From This Week Widespread Far-Right Protests, Germany – Germany experienced widespread neo-Nazi protests between 29 and 31 August, focussed predominantly on regional capitals. The majority of these rallies were matched by anti-fascist or left-wing counter-protests, and a heavy police presence. Despite police efforts, violence was reported at a number of sites. Travellers are advised […]

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30 August 2018

Week 34 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 24 August 18: Indian Government Established Anti Piracy Group. The Indian government announced the formation of an inter-agency working group to develop contingency plans in case of the hijack of Indian-crewed vessels. The group also re-issued additional anti-piracy guidance in line with international best practice. 22 August 18: Pakistani […]

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24 August 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 34

Headlines From This Week President Trump in Trouble – President Trump experienced two significant blows to his leadership this week thanks to two court cases. Trump’s former-lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. He admitted to attempting to circumvent campaign finance laws, by hiding “hush money” payments and […]

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24 August 2018

Week 33 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents August 18: Yemeni Government Issued Warning to Fishermen. The Yemeni government issued a warning to fishermen operating in their waters, advising them to avoid approaching coalition warships. The warning follows Houthi threats to conduct further attacks against shipping, making it likely that warships would resort to force more rapidly […]

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17 August 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 33

Headlines From This Week Ghazni Siege – A five-day siege of Ghazni, Afghanistan eased on 15 August as Afghan officials declared that they had regained control of the strategically important city. The Taliban siege left 165 Afghan police officers and soldiers and at least 40 civilians dead. The Ghazni assault has demonstrated Taliban tenacity and […]

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16 August 2018

Week 32 – Maritime Security Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 12 August 18 Mogadishu Port to Operate 24 Hours a Day. In an effort to compete with other ports in the region, authorities in Somalia announced that Mogadishu Port would now be open around the clock for operations. The move is seen as a response to warming Ethiopia-Eritrea ties […]

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10 August 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 32

Headlines From This Week Venezuela Drone Attack – An alleged assassination attempt was launched against Venezuela’s President Maduro on 04 August, through the use of explosive-laden drones whilst he reviewed a military parade. The president remained unhurt during the attack, although seven troops suffered injuries. Emergency personnel who responded to the incident initially indicated that […]

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09 August 2018

Week 31 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 01 August 18 Iranian Navy Exercises in Straits of Hormuz. The Iranian Navy and maritime elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps conducted a mass exercise aimed at demonstrating their capability to seal the Straits of Hormuz against international shipping. The likelihood of them conducting such an attack unprovoked […]

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03 August 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 31

Headlines From This Week Zimbabwe Elections – Zimbabwe held its first election since the near-bloodless coup which deposed President Mugabe in November 2017. The governing party announced victory with a substantial majority, however this was immediately contested by opposition groups. Protesters took to the streets in Harare and were confronted by riot officers with teargas. […]

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31 July 2018

Week 30 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 22 July 18: UPDATE Attack Reported near Baraawe, Somalia. A merchant vessel conducting resupply operations to African Union forces was attacked by mortar fire on approach to Baraawe. The attackers were believed to be Al Shabaab insurgents. No significant harm to the vessel or crew was reported. 25 July […]

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27 July 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 30

Headlines From This Week Pakistan Election – Former cricket player Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf won the Pakistan election held on 25 July and he is set to lead the country (in a coalition), despite claims of vote-rigging and military involvement in the vote. The election has been bitterly fought and seen multiple cases of violence. […]

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26 July 2018

2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games – Event Advisory and Risk Summary

The 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games is set to begin on 18 August 2018. Travel to the country brings a unique set of challenges and issues to overcome. For more on the Games, how to prepare and, what to expect when travelling to Indonesia, please take a look at our risk summary below or download this […]

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25 July 2018

Week 29 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 22 July 18: Attack Reported near Baraawe, Somalia. A merchant vessel reported coming under attack at 01°06’N 044°02’E. Vessel and crew reported safe in Baraawe port. The reported location of the attack, less than 1000m off shore, likely indicates the attackers were opportunistic and presently lack the capability to […]

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24 July 2018

Low profile & light touch support for ‘Inside The Real Narcos’

Filmed across Central and South America, as part of a television documentary series with Jason Fox (SAS: Who Dares Wins) following the illegal narcotics trade and those within the drugs cartels. Meet the Drug Lords: Inside The Real Narcos has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Specialist Factual Commissioning Editor, Alf Lawrie. The production company […]

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20 July 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 29

Headlines From this Week Israel Approves Jewish Nation-State Bill – The Israel parliament, or Knesset, approved a controversial bill which categorises Israel as a Jewish state and elevates the Hebrew language over Arabic. The passing of the bill saw furious scenes in the parliament building. This move is likely to bring protests not only within […]

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18 July 2018

Week 28 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 11 July 18: Suspicious Approach near Hanish Islands, Southern Red Sea. A merchant vessel sighted a group of skiffs at 13°22’N 042°45’E. One skiff, carrying eight persons, approached to within 0.2nm of the MV, and ladders were sighted. Embarked security personnel displayed their weapons and the skiff moved away. […]

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13 July 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 28

Headlines From This Week  Nawaz Sharif Returns to Pakistan and Election Update – The Pakistan election season is in full swing. The former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, will return to the country late on 13 July after a court in Pakistan found him guilty on corruption charges which he argues are politically-motivated. His arrival will […]

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11 July 2018

Week 27 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 04 July 18: Suspicious Approach ENE of Muscat. Two white-hulled skiffs approached to within 500m of a merchant vessel at 24°02’N 059°55’E. Vessel and crew were reported safe. 04 July 18: Merchant Vessel Fired Upon in the Southern Red Sea. A merchant vessel transiting northwards in the Red Sea […]

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06 July 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 27

Headlines From This Week  Terror Attack in Mali – Insurgents in northern Mali conducted a significant improvised explosive attack against French and Malian forces in the Gao region. At least four civilians were killed and numerous civilians and soldiers were wounded during a direct attempt to destroy French armoured fighting vehicles. This attack may represent […]

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02 July 2018

Week 26 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 28 June 18: BMP5 Replaced BMP4. Counter piracy and maritime security best practices have been updated, with BMP 5 being issued in response to the evolution of the threat picture in the Indian Ocean High Risk Area. Whilst region specific, a number of the guidelines and measures are applicable […]

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29 June 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 26

Headlines From This Week  Possible Assassination Attempts in Africa – On 23 June, two possible assassination attempts occurred in African nations. In the morning, two people were killed and dozens more injured at a rally held by Ethiopia’s reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed in the capital Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, an explosion occurred at […]

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27 June 2018

Week 25 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 19 June 18: CMF Releases Bulletin to Shipping Industry. In response to two recent attacks on 3 June on WHO vessel VOS Theia, and 13 June attack on a Saudi warship, both of which occurred off the coast of Al Hudaydah, a bulletin was released to inform shipping operators […]

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22 June 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 25

Headlines From This Week  Flooding in Abidjan – At least 18 people have been confirmed dead after heavy rainfall overnight on the 18-19 June in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The government has called for evacuations from flood-prone areas of the city after flood waters rose to 2.5 metres in places. The military has been deployed to […]

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20 June 2018

Week 24 – Maritime Weekly Security Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 13 June 18: Houthis Report Strike on Coalition Warship. The location of the incident is unknown, local Yemeni media stated the warship was seen burning and rescue operations were conducted for the crew. This incident is unconfirmed. 18 June 18: Houthis Detain French Sailor in Hodeidah Port. According to […]

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15 June 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 24

Headlines From This Week  Coalition Assault on Al-Hudaydah – The Saudi-backed Yemeni government has commenced ground operations in an effort to retake the port city of Al-Hudaydah on Yemen’s Red Sea coast. The offensive has been accompanied by a massive escalation in airstrikes into the city, and at least one Coalition landing craft was critically […]

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13 June 2018

Week 23 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 13 June 18: Assault on Al Hudaydah. Yemeni government forces have begun offensive operations aimed at seizing the port of Al Hudaydah from the Houthi, following the expiry of a ceasefire. An increase in military activity in the vicinity is highly likely. The Houthi may seek to attack Saudi […]

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12 June 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup Risk Summary

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to begin in Russia on 14 June 2018. Travel to the country brings a unique set of challenges and issues to overcome. For more on the Games, how to prepare and, what to expect when travelling to Russia, please take a look at our risk summary below or […]

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08 June 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 23

Headlines From This Week  Volcan de Fuego – A series of eruptions of the Guatemalan Volcan de Fuego has resulted in at least 99 fatalities, numerous injuries, and disruption to air travel across the country. Some reports suggest over 1000 people remain unaccounted for, and evacuation orders remain in place for a number of villages […]

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01 June 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 22

Headlines From This Week  Terror in Belgium – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a terror attack which left two police officers and a bystander dead in the Belgian city of Liege on 29 May. The attacker was reportedly radicalised in prison, from where he had been temporarily released on 28 May. Armed Attack in […]

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31 May 2018

Week 21 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 24-27 May 18: Cyclone Mekunu. Cyclone Mekunu crossed between Socotra and Salalah during 24-27 May. The storm resulted in extreme weather conditions, making landfall at Salalah as a category three storm. Disruption to air travel was widespread, and significant flooding was also reported, severely limiting land travel. At least […]

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25 May 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 21

Headlines From This Week  Bombay Bhel Bombing – At least 15 people were wounded, three critically, when an improvised explosive device was detonated in an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Canada, in the evening of 24 May. Two males, believed to have built and detonated the device, remain wanted by police. No links to terror or […]

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22 May 2018

Week 20 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 18-19 May 18: Tropical Storm Sagar. Tropical storm Sagar moved west across the Gulf of Aden, causing severe sea conditions, before making landfall near Djibouti and Somalia. The official toll has not been confirmed, however several dozen are likely to have been killed across Yemen, Somalia, and Djibouti. Economic […]

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18 May 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 20

Headlines From This Week  Gaza Unrest – At least 62 people were killed by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) when violent clashes erupted on the Israel-Gaza border as the relocated US Embassy opened in Jerusalem on 14 July. Tensions were already heightened as Palestinians commemorate ‘Nakba’, or ‘catastrophe’ of 70 years of the Israeli state on […]

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16 May 2018

Week 19 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 12 May 18: Merchant Vessel Attacked near Eritrea. A bulk carrier reported coming under attack at 14°40’N 041°45’E, off the Eritrean coast. Crew and vessel reported safe, the vessel was reportedly carrying grain to the Yemeni port of Saleef. Vessels seeking entry to Yemen are advised to comply with […]

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11 May 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 19

Headlines From This Week  Patel Dam Collapse – At least 49 people have been killed and many more are missing after a dam collapsed in Kenya. Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley on the evening of 09 May. So far 41 people have been rescued from the mud […]

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10 May 2018

Week 18 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents CTF 151 Seeks to Engage Non-Commercial Seafarers. Combined Task Force 151 has launched an effort to actively engage with non-commercial vessels transiting the HRA. Previous efforts have focused on countering piracy towards commercial shipping, and the new effort is aimed at filling a perceived gap in coverage. Pakistani Vessels […]

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04 May 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 18

Headlines From This Week  Dust Storms in India – At least 125 fatalities have been reported after dust storms hit northern India, notably Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. High-speed winds and lightning have brought down buildings and led to dozens of injuries. Dust storms are expected to continue, and the death toll is predicted to rise. […]

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27 April 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 17

Headlines From This Week  Ramming Attack in Toronto – On 23 April, a lone individual killed ten people, and left a further 15 wounded, when he crashed a hired van through pedestrians in Toronto. A disproportionate number of victims were female. The attacker had an extensive history of mental health and learning difficulties, in addition […]

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23 April 2018

Weeks 15 & 16 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents Apr-May 18: Coalition Preparing Operations Against Al-Hudaydah. Yemeni government forces, supported by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition appear to be preparing for a direct offensive against the Houthi-held port of Al Hudaydah. Previous operations in the area have been countered by attacks against Saudi shipping by shore-based missile systems, and […]

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20 April 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 16

Headlines From This Week  US Attacks Syrian Government Targets – On 14 April 2018, the United States, with the support of France and the United Kingdom, launched a missile attack on Syrian government targets. The attack was ostensibly in response to a chemical attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, believed to have been […]

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18 April 2018

Solace Global announces further expansion of its US footprint

Solace Global are proud to announce we are now registered in the United States as Solace Global Risk Inc. Due to ever increasing demand for our services in the Americas, Solace Global are now better placed to service our customers through our US business entity, a 24-hour US dedicated phone number and New York address. […]

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17 April 2018

Ensuring safe transfer in Lagos

As a country with an overall high risk rating, Nigeria is a destination that requires particular security measures to ensure the safety of travellers. Most business travellers head to the international hubs of the capital Abuja or the coastal city of Lagos; whilst Niger Delta militants in the south, and the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east, continue […]

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13 April 2018

Solace Global – Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 15

Headlines From This Week  Tensions Rise in Syria – International rhetoric on planned actions in Syria have heated up this week after a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government on the city of Duma on 07 April; at least 40 fatalities were reported as a result of the attack. The US (and its allies) […]

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10 April 2018

Week 14 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents 03 Apr 18: Houthi Rebel Missile Attack on Saudi Tanker. A Saudi tanker transiting near Al Hudaydah was struck by Yemen’s Houthi rebels using a missile launched from a land-based site near Al Hudaydah. No casualties were reported and the vessel remained seaworthy. The tanker was under escort by […]

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06 April 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 14

Headlines From This Week  YouTube Shooting – On Tuesday 03 April, Nasim Aghdam opened fire with a handgun at the headquarters of YouTube in San Francisco, wounding three people before killing herself. Nasim was a content-creator who had become distressed with YouTube after a change on the website allegedly reduced the views of her content […]

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30 March 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 13

Headlines From This Week  Attempted Terror Attack in Grenoble – One man was detained in Grenoble by French Police after attempting to conduct a vehicle-ramming attack against soldiers jogging near their base in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset. Eyewitness reports suggested that the attacker shouted at the troops in Arabic before his attempted attack. There are also suggestions that […]

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28 March 2018

New features of the latest Solace Secure v5.2 release

The recent release of the Solace Secure version 5.2. has seen some exciting new features and enhancements, all driven by client requests and feedback. The most notable updates include:   Itinerary Tab Enhanced visibility of a travel itinerary makes it easier to find a traveller and display their complete travel plans. The new ‘Itinerary’ tab […]

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27 March 2018

Week 12 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 22 Mar 18: Vessel Attacked near Bonny, Nigeria. A merchant vessel underway at 03°35’N 006°44’E was attacked by a group of pirates aboard two speedboats. Vessel and crew reported safe. 22 Mar 18: Fishing Vessels Hijacked south of Lagos, Nigeria. Two fishing vessels were attacked by pirates aboard […]

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23 March 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 12

Headlines From This Week  Potential Terror Incident in France – A gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group fired shots and took hostages at a supermarket in the town of Trebes in France on 23 March. Police were also dealing with a shooting in nearby Carcassonne. Estimates suggest that there are three dead and […]

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21 March 2018

Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018 Risk Summary

The Commonwealth Games is set to begin in Gold Coast, Australia on 04 April 2018. Travel to the country brings a unique set of challenges and issues to overcome. For more on the Games, how to prepare and, what to expect when travelling to Australia, please take a look at our risk summary below or […]

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21 March 2018

Solace Global proudly sponsors Vitus Pro Cycling Team

This year Solace Global Risk are proud to be sponsoring Vitus Pro Cycling Team, a professional UK-based cycle team. Vitus Pro Cycling Team will race in the key events of the domestic calendar. Solace Global protect thousands of people and assets all over the world, with 24/7 intelligence, tracking, assistance, in-country support and response services. […]

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20 March 2018

Week 11 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 14 Mar 18: Attempted boarding near Bonny, Nigeria. A tanker underway at 03°51’N 006°40’E was attacked by a group of pirates in a speedboat. The tanker’s evasive actions prevented the attackers from boarding. Vessel and crew reported safe. 16 Mar 18: Vessel Attack near Bonny, Nigeria. A general […]

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16 March 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 11

Headlines From This Week  Curfew Implemented in Colon, Panama – Following a spate of civil unrest, a curfew was implemented in Colon on 13 March. Protests were triggered in response to the poor implementation of an infrastructure renovation project, which has led to sanitation issues and flooding. Police with less-than-lethal weapons clashed with protesters throwing […]

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14 March 2018

Week 10 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 12 Mar 18: Speedboats Stolen by Armed Group in Bayelsa. A group of armed men attacked the Ayama area of Bayelsa, Nigeria, potentially killing or injuring up to five people. The group fled before security forces could respond, towing approximately ten stolen speedboats. 08 Mar 18: Suspicious Approach […]

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09 March 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 10

Headlines From This Week  Warming Relations on the Korean Peninsula – President Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after overtures from Pyongyang. The warming of relations between North Korea, South Korea, and the Unite States is highly unexpected, especially given the high tensions in 2017. It is unclear what can […]

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07 March 2018

Week 09 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 06 Mar 18: Vessel Attacked near Bonny Island, Nigeria. A merchant vessel underway at 04°04’N 006°56’E was attacked by two speedboats carrying armed attackers. The vessel was damaged by gunfire. No reports regarding crew status were released. 01 Mar 18: Suspicious Approach South-East of Takoradi, Ghana. A cargo […]

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02 March 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 09

Headlines From This Week  Severe Cold Weather in the UK and Europe – The United Kingdom was caught between two competing weather systems from 28 February to 02 March; winds bringing cold air from Siberia, dubbed “the beast from the east”, clashed with Storm Emma which approached from the Atlantic. Widespread disruption was reported across […]

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26 February 2018

Week 08 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 22 Feb 18: Vessel Attacked South East of Brass. A merchant vessel underway at 03°30’N, 006°31’E reported that it came under attack. No further details were reported. 20 Feb 18: Vessel Boarded off Lagos. A merchant vessel was boarded by six men at 06°17’N, 003°14’E. They fled empty […]

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23 February 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 08

Headlines From This Week Eastern Ghouta Assault and Afrin Developments – The Syrian government, backed by Russia, has advanced on the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta, close to the capital Damascus. More than 400 have been killed and 1,400 injured since the Syrian government began operations on 18 February. The area is mainly held by […]

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21 February 2018

Week 07 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 19 Feb 18: Vessel Attacked South of Brass, Nigeria. A merchant vessel came under attack at 04°020’N, 06°46’E, approximately 20nm south of Brass. Vessel and crew reported safe. 17 Feb 18: Vessel Attacked on Cotonou Anchorage. A vessel was boarded by three armed men at 03°43N, 07°06E, Cotonou […]

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16 February 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 07

Headlines From This Week 17 Dead in United States School Shooting – 17 people were killed after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, United States. The only suspect, who was arrested by police, is a disgruntled former student who was reportedly a member of a white nationalist hate […]

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14 February 2018

Week 06 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 09 Feb 18: Crew kidnapped from vessel south-west of Idenao, Cameroon. A Chinese-flagged fishing vessel was attacked by armed men at 04°06’00N, 08°51’00E. The attackers kidnapped three crewmembers and escaped. 09 Feb 18: Vessel attacked south of Brass. A merchant vessel reported coming under attack near 03°43’0N, 06°45’0E. […]

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09 February 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 06

Headlines From This Week Former-Prime Minister Sentenced in Bangladesh – Former-Prime Minister and current opposition leader in Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, has been sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges. Zia and her supporters have called the claims politically-motivated. Clashes occurred outside of the courthouse as the sentence came down on 08 February. One […]

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05 February 2018

Pyeongchang Olympics Risk Summary

The Winter Olympics is set to begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea on 09 February. Travel to the country brings a unique set of challenges and issues to overcome. For more on the Olympics, how to prepare and, what to expect when travelling to South Korea, please take a look at our risk summary below or […]

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05 February 2018

Week 05 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 01 Feb 18: Potential hijacking, Cotonou, Benin. Communications were lost with a product tanker carrying 13,500t of gasoline and 22 crew members. Last reported location 06°15’57N, 02°30’30E. The owner of Marine Express has engaged with crisis resolution specialists due to the high likelihood of this being a hijacking […]

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02 February 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 05

Headlines From This Week A Further Terror Attack in Kabul – A suicide bombing in Kabul killed at least 95 people on 27 January. More than 150 others were wounded as Taliban attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in one of the most secure areas of the Afghan capital. This […]

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30 January 2018

Week 04 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 27 Jan 18: Attempted Boarding at Lagos Anchorage. Suspicious movement spotted on anchored vessel’s forecastle, and one person spotted hiding amongst the mooring winches. Crew were mustered and Navy patrol boat notified. No robbers found, and no stores reported missing. 24 Jan 18: Armed Guards Repelled Attack South […]

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30 January 2018

February 2018 – Monthly Election Guide

Click link to Download PDF: Monthly Election Guide – February 2018 The Solace Global Election Guide is issued monthly in order to highlight the planned elections over the coming year and the threat of unrest or disruption in relation these events.  The February 2018 Monthly Election Guide was produced by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.

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26 January 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 04

Headlines From This Week World Economic Forum – The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, ends on 26 January. The event saw substantially less activist activity than was anticipated, with approximately 2,000 protesters demonstrating in Zurich. Approximately 20 protesters managed to breach the security cordon in the town of Davos itself, but they were […]

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23 January 2018

Week 03 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 10-16 Jan 18: Product Tanker Hijacked Beninr. A tanker was hijacked off Benin on 10 January. The crew and vessel were released and reported safe in Lagos following contact between vessel owner and pirates. Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents 20 Jan 18: 41 Somali Pirates Released. Indian […]

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19 January 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 03

Headlines From This Week Winter Storms in Europe – At least nine people were killed after Storm Friederike hit western Europe. Hurricane level winds shut down transportation systems in parts of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Adverse weather conditions were reported from the United Kingdom to as far away as Romania. Assassination in Kosovo – […]

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17 January 2018

Week 02 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 15 Jan 18: Attempted Boarding in Lagos Anchorage. A tanker anchored in location 06°18’05”N 03°23’61”E was conducting ship-to-ship operations when crew noticed robbers attempting to board the vessel. Search lights were directed at the boarders, and crew mustered. The robbers fled 13 Jan 18: Product Tanker Missing near […]

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12 January 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 02

Headlines From This Week California Mudslide – At least 17 people were killed by mudslides on 09 January in Santa Barbara County, California. On 12 January, the search for survivors entered a fourth day; the number of missing could be as high as 43 according to local officials. A mandatory evacuation zone has been put […]

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08 January 2018

Week 01 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 01 Jan 18: Robbery in Apapa, Lagos.  A Tanker awaiting cargo operations was boarded by four men whilst berthed. The robbers escaped with two jerrycans of grease when the alarm was raised. The shore watchman was found to have abandoned his post. All crew were reported safe. Indian […]

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05 January 2018

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 01

Headlines From The Week Positive Moves on the Korean Peninsula – In a surprising move, President Kim stated his intention to consider opening dialogue with South Korea to cover North Korea’s involvement in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics which begin in February 2018. North Korea’s involvement in the Games is likely to decrease the possibility of […]

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04 January 2018

January 2018 – Monthly Election Guide

Click link to Download PDF: Monthly Election Guide – January 2018 The Solace Global Election Guide is issued monthly in order to highlight the planned elections over the coming year and the threat of unrest or disruption in relation these events.  The January 2018 Monthly Election Guide was produced by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.

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29 December 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 52

Headlines From This Week Coptic Church Attacked in Egypt – Gunmen opened fire on a Coptic church in Helwan, south of Cairo on 29 December. Preliminary reporting suggested that ten worshippers were killed before police shot and killed the attackers. Explosion in Saint Petersburg – An explosive device was detonated in a Perekrestok supermarket in […]

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22 December 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 51

Headlines From This Week Ramming Incident in Melbourne – 19 people were injured after a car driver deliberately drove into pedestrians on a busy street in Melbourne, Australia on 21 December. Police have said the driver, who has been arrested, had a history of mental illness and drug abuse but no known extremist links. Houthi […]

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18 December 2017

Week 50 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 17 Dec 17: Ship Boarded at South of Lagos. A vessel was boarded by two men whilst conducting a shipto-ship transfer 3nm south of Lagos. The men escaped in a wooden boat when the alarm was raised. No thefts or injuries were reported. 14 Dec 17: 10 Crew […]

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15 December 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 50

Headlines From This Week Failed Terror Attack in New York – Five people were injured after an individual detonated a pipe bomb below the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City on 11 December. The attacker, a Bangladeshi immigrant who had reportedly entered the US on an immigrant visa, pledged allegiance to Islamic State and […]

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12 December 2017

Week 49 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 7 Dec 17: Armed Pirates Attempted to Board a Merchant Vessel near Bonny Island, Nigeria. The vessel was underway at position 03°31N, 07°70E, 53nm south of Bonny Island. A small vessel with eight armed persons came alongside the merchant vessel and attempted to board. Vessel and crew safe. […]

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08 December 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 49

Headlines From This Week The United States Recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital – In a highly controversial move, President Trump, on 06 December, announced his intention to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, signifying that the US views Jerusalem as the country’s capital (the international community views Israeli occupation of […]

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05 December 2017

Week 48 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 1 Dec 17: MV Attacked and Boarded 60nm South of Bonny, Nigeria. The vessel was in position 03°24N, 006°50E at 09:00UTC when the incident was reported. The crew mustered in the citadel. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. The pirates were reported to have […]

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01 December 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 48

Headlines From This Week Mount Agung Erupted in Bali – The volcano at Mount Agung erupted in Bali, leading to the imposition of a 12km exclusion zone around the crater, and mass disruption to air travel due to the resulting ash cloud. Several thousand flights from Bali International Airport were cancelled, stranding travellers. A change […]

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01 December 2017

December 2017 – Monthly Election Guide

Click link to Download PDF: Monthly Election Guide – December 2017 The Solace Global Election Guide is issued monthly in order to highlight the planned elections over the coming year and the threat of unrest or disruption in relation these events.  The December 2017 Monthly Election Guide was produced by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.

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24 November 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 47

Headlines From This Week Houthi Rebels Threaten Maritime Traffic – Houthi rebels in Yemen threatened to attack international shipping, particularly oil vessels, and those flagged to states in the Saudi-led coalition. The objective of the threat appeared to be to apply pressure on the Saudi-led coalition to raise the blockade imposed upon all Yemeni ports. […]

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24 November 2017

Week 47 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 21 Nov 17: Vessel Boarding 5nm from Lagos, Nigeria. The anchored vessel was boarded at 00:50UTC, in location 06°19N, 003°11E, by unknown persons using hook ropes on board two small boats. The patrol boat approached, forcing the two small boats to flee away. 21 Nov 17: Suspicious Sighting […]

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17 November 2017

Week 46 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 11 Nov 17: Bulk Carrier Boarded 18nm Southwest of Bonny Island, Nigeria. The vessel was in approximate position 05°01’18N, 008°05’35E and drifting. Pirates fired shots at the bridge causing some damage. Ten crew were kidnapped but were intercepted by the Nigerian Navy who rescued them. Five pirates were […]

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17 November 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 46

Headlines From This Week Coup in Zimbabwe – On 15 November, the military in Zimbabwe took over the running of the country. Long-time President Robert Mugabe has been put under house arrest, with reports suggesting he has refused to step aside. The coup has been peaceful and came about due to the issues of succession […]

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Effects of an earthquake.
12 November 2017

Top Tips on What to Do During an Earthquake

It is estimated that as many 500,000 earthquakes occur every year with 100,000 able to be felt by humans. In certain places, minor earthquakes occur almost constantly. As the map below shows, tectonic plates are located all over the world. The most famous and impactful area for earthquakes is the so-called ‘ring of fire’ in […]

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10 November 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 45

Headlines From This Week President Trump’s visit to Asia – US President Donald Trump presently in Vietnam as part of a five-state tour of Asia between 05 and 13 November. This tour has resulted in substantially enhanced security presence throughout the countries visited, in addition to protests and low-level civil unrest. The Japanese, Korean and […]

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10 November 2017

Week 45 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 03 Nov 17: Suspicious Approach in Lome Anchorage, Togo. A merchant vessel was approached at 0030UTC by a boat containing seven masked persons, who attempted to board. A Togo Navy patrol vessel responded to MV’s distress call and the suspicious vessel moved away. MV and crew were unharmed. […]

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03 November 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 44

Headlines From The Week Manhattan Terror Attack – Eight people were killed after an Uzbek immigrant drove a truck down a cycle path in Manhattan, New York City. He then hit a school bus before exiting the vehicle holding a pellet gun and a paintball gun; he was subsequently shot, injured, and arrested by police. […]

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27 October 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 43

Headlines From This Week Kenya Presidential Elections – The re-run of the August 2017 elections was held on 26 October. The vote was marred by widespread violence, a boycott by the opposition NASA and its leader Raila Odinga, and a turnout of around 35 per cent. President Kenyatta looks set to win this latest poll, […]

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Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot
27 October 2017

Week 43 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 20 Oct 17: Vessel Attack 49nm Southeast of Brass, Nigeria. The vessel was attacked in approximate position 3°55’0N, 6°39’0E at 1834UTC. One black boat travelling around 25knots approached the vessel and fired shots. Embarked Navy team returned fire. The boat followed for 25 mins before moving away. 21 […]

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26 October 2017

November 2017 – Monthly Election Guide

Click link to Download PDF: Monthly Election Guide – November 2017 The Solace Global Election Guide is issued monthly in order to highlight the planned elections over the coming year and the threat of unrest or disruption in relation these events.  The November 2017 Monthly Election Guide was produced by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.

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20 October 2017

Week 42 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 16 Oct 17: Nigeria and Ghana Sign MoU to Combat Sea Pirates. The four year Memorandum of Understanding will facilitate knowledge sharing and capacitybuilding between the two nations. The MoU is anticipated to last for four years. Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents 14 Oct 17: Al Shabaab […]

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20 October 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 42

Headlines From The Week Chinese Communist Party Congress – Over 2,000 senior delegates from China’s ruling Communist Party gathered for their five-yearly Party Congress. This has been marked by a significant increase in security measures in Beijing. All signs so far point to a solidification of power around President Xi, with no discernible signs of […]

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13 October 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 41

Headlines From This Week California Wildfires – 31 people have now been confirmed dead after wildfires swept through northern California. Hundreds remain missing and there are at least 22 active fires at present. More than 3,500 buildings and 68,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, with 8,000 firefighters tackling the various blazes. Officials have warned […]

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13 October 2017

Week 41 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 8 Oct 17: Operation Crocodile Smile II – Nigerian Military Deploy Troops in Niger Delta. Militants have threatened attacks if the number of soldiers deployed in the region increases. 11 Oct 17: Supply Vessel Attacked and Boarded South of Brass, Nigeria. The vessel was in approximate position 3°57’0N, […]

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06 October 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 40

Headlines From This Week Catalan Independence – The final tally from the vote on 01 October vote on Catalan independence has not been released. Organisers claim that 90 per cent voted for independence with a turnout of 42 per cent. Clashes have been reported across Catalonia between protestors and police. The Spanish Constitutional Court has […]

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Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot - Week 40
06 October 2017

Week 40 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 2 Oct 17: MDAT-GoG Release Quarterly Report. From July to September, there have been 18 events reported by MDAT-GoG. Of which, there was one reported hijack, four vessel attacks, and one vessel boarded. In addition, two suspicious approaches and another two sightings were reported. 2 Oct 17: Vessel […]

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Election guide front cover
04 October 2017

October 2017 – Monthly Election Guide

Click link to Download PDF: Monthly Election Guide – October 2017 The Solace Global Election Guide is issued monthly in order to highlight the planned elections over the coming year and the threat of unrest or disruption in relation these events.  The October 2017 Monthly Election Guide was produced by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.

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Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot - Week 39
29 September 2017

Week 39 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 18 Sep 17: Pirate Attack on Tug and Barge in Rivers State. The vessels had embarked security with a combined team of policemen and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp. The tug and barge were attacked by five gunmen in position 4°26’0N, 6°40’0E at 1845UTC, on San Barolomeo […]

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22 September 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 38

Headlines From This Week UN General Assembly – The annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly began on 19 September and will finish on 25 September. President Trump was the most high-profile speaker at the UN where he continued much of the rhetoric which has become a hallmark of his presidency to date. His […]

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Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot - Week 38
22 September 2017

Week 38 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 15 Sep 17: Container Ship Boarded by Armed Robbers Near Conakry, Guinea. Seven robbers armed with guns, knives, and crowbars, boarded the Denmark flagged vessel in approximate position 9°24’35N, 13°44’56W at 0206UTC. Three crew members were assaulted, some vessel damage caused and ships properties stolen. The robbers escaped […]

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15 September 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 37

Headlines From This Week Unrest in Myanmar – Myanmar’s military have been accused of human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing as they continue their crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The military have claimed that they are targeting militants in the region but have been accused of targeting civilians. Over the past few […]

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Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot - Week 37
15 September 2017

Week 37 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 7 Sep 17: Militants Threaten Sterling Global Oil Operations Over Pollution and Regional Neglect Allegations. The threat was made from Port Harcourt, Nigeria by ex-militant leaders. The firm is believed to not have complied with environmental standards. 8 Sep 17: Militants Withdraw Quit Notice. The Coalition of Niger […]

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08 September 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 36

Headlines From This Week Hurricane Irma – Hurricane Irma has been described as the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in history, reaching a Category Five storm. At least 1.2 million people have been affected by the storm as it ripped through a number of Caribbean islands including Barbuda, where Irma has estimated to have destroyed 95 […]

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01 September 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 35

Headlines From This Week Hurricane Harvey – At least 37 deaths related to Hurricane Harvey have been reported in southeastern Texas, after the Category Four hurricane made landfall on 25 August. Many areas faced more than a metre of rain and winds of 240 km/h were also recorded. Harvey has caused widespread flooding, most notably […]

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25 August 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 34

Headlines From This Week Typhoon Hato Hits Southern China – At least 12 people have been confirmed dead after Typhoon Hato swept across southern China on 23 August. Of those deceased, eight occurred in the Special Administrative Region of Macau with four deaths occurring in China’s Guangdong province. The storms caused extensive damage, travel disruptions, […]

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Airport and aviation security.
23 August 2017

No Fear in Flying – Aviation Security and Travel Risks

The importance of aviation security has grown in correlation with the growth of the aviation industry. More people seek to travel more frequently for business and pleasure each year. The last year has seen some significant disruption for frequent flyers, as governments and other intergovernmental agencies have continually sought to make flying a safe means […]

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18 August 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 33

Headlines From This Week Terror attack in Barcelona – 14 people were killed and dozens wounded after a van intentionally drove into a crowd in the Las Ramblas tourist area of Barcelona, with Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack. A further five people were shot dead in Cambrils, southwest of Barcelona after another car […]

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Police lights.
16 August 2017

Run, Hide, Tell, Then What?

The first three steps for people exposed to a terror attack are fairly universal, run, hide, tell. These steps are also fairly simple to remember. But what if you’ve followed them and find yourself in a position where the threat to your safety and security is still there? Is run, hide, tell enough advice? Or […]

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Weekly global risk roundup
11 August 2017

Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 32

Headlines From This Week Earthquake in China – At least 19 people have been confirmed dead after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Guangyuan, Sichuan province on 8 August. The area is frequently struck by earthquakes; in May 2008, 70,000 people were killed in a quake. Kenyan Elections – Some localised violence has occurred, […]

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Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot - Week 32
11 August 2017

Week 32 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents 3 Aug 17 – Niger Delta Forum Retract Ultimatum. After the government agreed to some concessions, including legalising makeshift refineries, the group retracted their threat of resuming targeting oil pipelines. 7 Aug 17 – Robbery Attempt on Berthed Tanker in Lagos Port. The duty officer noticed two robbers […]

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil security risks.
01 August 2017

Pyeongchang 2018 Intelligence & Risk Analysis: Media Package

Solace Global provide security intelligence and monitoring of major sporting events for some of the world’s largest broadcasters. We are preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, and are offering a media security services and specific risk analysis service to media organisations. Risk Analysis for Media Agencies Our service package includes: A comprehensive […]

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First aid for acid attack victims
27 June 2017

The six most important first aid steps for acid burn victims.

With recent spate of acid attacks in London, it is important to be aware of the steps to take if you or someone you are near is attacked by acid (in liquid form). With this in mind, these are the six most important steps for providing acid attack first aid. Call an ambulance or have […]

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