Sudan – President Bashir arrested, military council takes over. Protests continue.
Sisi’s visit to Washington provokes criticism of Egypt in Congress and the media. An unexpected U-turn by Sisi reported.
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.
Libya – Haftar strengthens his position, especially in the south, but faces opposition of uncertain strength. UN continues to work for elections.
Pompeo will face some difficult issues in Beirut: Hizbullah, maritime border with Israel, EastMed pipeline, Syrian refugees.
Rouhani’s successful visit to Iraq – an unprecedented call on Iraq’s top cleric who sent a message of moderation to both Iraq and Iran.
Saudi Arabia shoots itself in the foot, bringing 10 women to trial for promoting lifting the ban on women driving.
BDS – some feisty US congresswomen setting a new tone. News of the long-awaited UN blacklist of companies which work in the settlements.
Saudi Arabia – unrelenting international criticism even from those normally most friendly. Unconfirmed reports of goings-on in the family.