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Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump envoy mediates water deal between Israel, Palestinians
US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace envoy said today Israel would supply the Palestinians with millions of cubic metres of water annually, as Washington seeks to build confidence for fresh negotiations. Jason Greenblatt hailed an "important step forward" in a wider regional water deal, as Israel announced it would provide more than 32 million cubic metres of water to the Palestinians annually. "Water is a precious commodity in the Middle East. The United States welcomes the agreement reached by the Palestinian Authority and the government of Israel which will allow for the sale of up to 33 million cubic metres of water from Israel to the PA," Greenblatt said

Tillerson leaves Gulf with no end to Qatar crisis
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today wrapped up a four-day mission to the Gulf with little sign of progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar.Tillerson met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al- Thani for the second time in 48 hours, together with a Kuwaiti mediator, on the final leg of his trip, before heading back to Washington. Despite an intense round of shuttle diplomacy that also took him to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, tensions remained high between Qatar and four Arab states that accuse Doha of supporting extremism and being too close to their arch-rival Iran.

100 Chinese automobile firms attend ‘Make in India’ seminars
Investment opportunities in India's booming automobile and auto-components sectors have attracted around 100 Chinese firms to attend 'Make in India' seminars held in two key auto manufacturing hubs in China. The seminars were the part of a series of industry and sector specific 'Make in India' events to be organised across China this year, the Indian Embassy here said. "These seminars received an overwhelming response with nearly 180 representatives from around a hundred Chinese auto companies in Chongqing and Changchun attending the events," the statement said.

Japan flood death toll rises to 30
The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Japan's south has risen to 30, officials said today, while rescue workers continued their efforts to find survivors. Heavy seasonal rains last week caused severe flooding that tore up roads and destroyed houses on the southern island of Kyushu.

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