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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).

United Kingdom: Manchester Bomb Attack Illustrates Continued Severe Threat from Islamist-inspired Extremists

The UK government's threat level for international terrorism remains unchanged at "Severe" following an apparent suicide bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, UK, May 22. Although the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility, it is unclear whether the attack was the work of a lone actor, or was directed by a larger terrorist organization; the perpetrator's methods indicate that he could have received technical guidance or material assistance. The incident demonstrates the latent terrorist threat across the UK, regardless of precedent. 

How to Minimize Jet Lag Symptoms

To minimize the symptoms of jet lag, travelers need to recognize that their internal clock and circadian rhythm are dependent on environmental cues, such as light. Jet lag not only impacts individual travelers but can also affect a company’s bottom line. This blog post attempts to present simplified, best practice information, while acknowledging that a host of other information - which some may find confusing or complex - exists on the Internet.