On Wednesday, representatives of Iran, Russia, and Turkey met in Astana to discuss the crumbling Idlib truce after clashes erupted between government and rebel forces. The Kazakh hosts made no mention of the formation of the drafting committee for the Syrian constitution at the two-day talks.
OPEC and its allies unlikely to agree official output increase but will feel the pressure to avoid a spike in crude oil prices ahead of US sanctions on Iran taking effect. The organisation's members will meet this weekend in Algeria.
With neighboring Iran diverting rivers and building dams, Kurdish farmers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are in the midst of an already severe water crisis that threatens to get even worse, thanks to national and regional governments failing to acknowledge the urgency of the problem.
Talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran have focused on Idlib, as Syrian President Assad warns the northwestern province is next target. Turkey is working to clear Idlib from al-Qaeda and IS-affiliated groups in order to prevent the Syrian Government from attacking the city.
Astana Process: First time Iran, Russia, Turkey gather for negotiations on the Syrian peace process in Astana, Kazakhstan since cross-border military strikes between Iran, Israel. The meeting between the countries will last two days.