Air strikes on the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta have now killed 500 civilians in seven days, 121 of them children, but the United Nations has still not taken a vote on implementing a ceasefire. The international community should lay the groundwork now for future war crimes prosecutions over what is happening in Eastern Ghouta, writes Hussein Ibish, in our comment pages.

The Arab League slammed the US announcement that it would bring forward the controversial relocation of its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to coincide with the date on which Palestinians mark the displacement of seven hundred thousand of their people during Israel’s creation, known as Al Nakba (catastrophe).

US president Donald Trump will in the next couple of months meet with senior officials from the region in Washington. These wide-ranging discussions will come amid efforts by the White House to resolve the dispute between the Gulf countries over Doha’s support of extremist groups. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Qatar remains in a state of denial and continues to propagate hatred through its media.

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