On July 28, that the US Department of State was revoking transgender individuals’ passports following travelers’ .
Brazil will host the CONMEBOL Copa América soccer tournament June 14-July 7. Attendees from over 100 countries are expected at the event. The Copa America tournament is also expected to attract a considerable number of foreign nationals from Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, the US, Germany, Spain, and Bolivia. Games will be played in six stadiums across five major cities. The current security landscape in these major metropolitan areas is cause for concern for foreign nationals, although new technology and the deployment of extra security forces will mitigate potential threats.
The Women’s World Cup (WWC) will take place in France, June 7-July 7, with matches being held in nine cities across the country. Teams representing 24 nations will take part in 52 matches during the competition; 1.3 million match tickets have been sold, and at least 100,000 foreign nationals are likely to travel to France to attend related events.
The 2017 and 2018 Atlantic hurricane seasons both saw above-average tropical activity, with several major hurricanes that made landfall in the US and Caribbean. Of the 32 named systems that developed across the two seasons, 18 became hurricanes. Billions of dollars of damages were inflicted throughout the Atlantic basin due to these tropical events.
General elections will be held in South Africa, May 8. Voters will elect a new National Assembly (parliament) and nine provincial legislatures. The National Assembly will, in turn, elect the president. Political rallies and service delivery protests have increased in recent weeks and will continue ahead of the polls. Major changes to policy or political stability are unlikely as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is projected to retain a working majority in the National Assembly and in at least in eight of the country's nine provinces.