North Korea threat to commercial airlines

North Korea: Ballistic Missile Tests Unlikely to Threaten Commercial Airliners

Reports that a North Korean ballistic missile passed near a commercial airliner during a missile test on July 28 have raised concerns that Pyongyang's ballistic missile testing could pose a threat to civil aviation in the region. While North Korea's failure to announce its missile tests in advance is worrisome, the ballistic missile tests themselves pose only a minimal threat to commercial airliners. Other aspects of North Korea's behavior, such as surface-to-air missile tests, could pose a slight threat to commercial airliners flying near the Korean Peninsula. The greatest threat to commercial aircraft would be during a major North Korean offensive on Seoul, as airlines struggle to redirect flights out of the area. However, despite elevated tensions, there is no indication that major hostilities are imminent in the near term.    

Summer is Here! Protect Yourself From the Heat

With summer almost upon the Northern Hemisphere, the first heat waves have already caused disruptions. Excessive heat watches have been issued for southwestern US states and southern UK. While the range of temperatures are vastly different in both areas (43 C in the US compared to 33 C in the UK), it’s important to keep in mind that individuals react differently to temperature. In order to avoid heat-related illnesses it is crucial to protect yourself from heat and sun exposure.
Map - Gulf Diplomatic Dispute

Qatar: Diplomatic Dispute Leads to Transport and Business Disruptions; Doha Likely to Make Concessions

The recent diplomatic dispute between Qatar and several other nations marks the most severe row that has emerged out of lengthy historical tensions between Qatar and three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain - as well as Egypt. The quarrel peaked on June 5 when the three GCC countries, along with Egypt, suspended diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar. Despite the severity of disruptions, the dispute is unlikely to escalate into military conflict or provoke significant domestic unrest in Qatar. Qatar is now in a tenuous position diplomatically and economically, and will likely be forced to negotiate and make concessions to end the dispute in the near term.

Outbreak of Hepatitis in Europe and Potential Impact on Upcoming Pride Festivals

Health officials reported an outbreak of hepatitis in Europe in June-July 2016 starting in England, Italy, and Spain. Since then, disease activity has consistently increased and spread to 12 countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden (map). As of May 17, the ECDC has reported 1,173 confirmed hepatitis A cases in Europe since June 2016, with most of the cases being transmitted due to unsafe sexual practices among men who have sex with men (MSM).