Elections in 2020, but Bashir likely to remain. Fighting continues in three areas but at a reduced level. Frozen out by the West, flirtation with Moscow.
Tunisia divided on some issues relating to Islam. Open debate.
Syrian government forces to target Idlib next. Complications with Israel, Iran, Turkey, Kurds, China, US, IS. Russia in the driving seat.
The hajj next week, with the Eid on 21 August. Health, innovation, politics, crime, devotion.
Details of the Saudi/Canada row clearer. Some lessons to be learned.
The Qatar vs four dispute appears trivial and absurd but has real consequences – human, political, economic, defence.
Hariri seeks to form a Lebanese government following the May elections. Hizbullah/anti-Hizbullah split. No sign of compromise yet.
Canada criticises Saudi detention of women activists and provokes a fierce reaction. US appears indifferent.
The new Israeli nation state law, widely criticised as racist, has been unexpectedly attacked by the Israeli Druze community, historically loyal to Israel. Some impact in the USA.
King of Jordan returns from a long visit to the USA. New government faces old problems. Possible endgame in southern Syria.