What we're watching: Sep 26 to Oct 3, 2016

♦ US relations with Saudi Arabia could be in for a rough period over the next several days. Congress failed to block a $1.15 billion US arms deal with Saudi Arabia, but it succeeded in passing legislation which would allow 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government. President Obama vetoed the bill, but there appears to be sufficient support in both the Senate and the House to override the veto this week.
♦ The United Nations is shortly to decide on who will replace South Korean Ban Ki-Moon as its new Secretary General. The East Europeans argue it is their "turn", but the front runner so far is former Portuguese PM and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. The permament members of the Security have a veto over the final choice.
♦ With the civil war in Syria have entering a still more brutal phase including Russian and Syrian air bombings of a UN aid convoy and medical facilities, Moscow could be facing charges of war crimes in the Hague.

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