Sudan – President Bashir arrested, military council takes over. Protests continue.
Saudi Arabia – the women activists and Khashoggi trials cast a long shadow.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.
What to do with hundreds of foreigners who joined IS? UK and US fix on two individual cases.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
Syria – Idlib ceasefire holds. Turkey/Russia/Germany/France summit. Political agreement still elusive, many local problems.
Khashoggi – murder evidence accumulates, but Saudi Arabia still in denial. Cautious reaction in the Middle East. Trump ambiguous, but strong reaction from Congress and from international finance.
The State of Palestine has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order the US to remove its embassy from Jerusalem. The case will require the Court first to decide whether Palestine is legally a state.
Syria – military action reduced, some practical normalisation. Idlib quiet but remains a massive unsolved problem.
Saudi Arabia – arrests and accusations, Vision 2030 stumbles, “mistakes” in Yemen, trouble with Shia in Qatif – Trump to the rescue.