Trump envoy announces Israeli-Palestinian water deal, silent on peace prospects

Trump envoy announces Israeli-Palestinian water deal, silent on peace prospects

Jerusalem, July 13 US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy announced an Israeli-Palestinian water agreement today but dodged questions on whether he was making headway on reviving peace talks. At his first news conference in Jerusalem since launching a series of visits in March, Jason Greenblatt declined to say if he was any closer to

Pakistan PM Sharif rejects graft report as ‘slander’

Islamabad, July 13 Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for the first time explicitly dismissed a report from a corruption investigation that raised questions about the source of his family’s wealth, rejecting it as slander. Sharif, 67, serving his third term as prime minister, faces opposition calls to step down but he was defiant

Aussie, kiwi jet higher, US dollar steadies

London, July 13 The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the biggest beneficiaries of a second day of gains for stock markets on Thursday, comments by U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen bolstering a global rally that dates back 7 years. The impact of the first day of Yellen’s Congressional testimony, which markets took as

Sudan to continue cooperation with US despite sanctions: ministry

Khartoum, July 13 Sudan said today it would continue bilateral cooperation with the United States, including on intelligence-sharing, despite Khartoum’s decision to halt the work of a committee formed to negotiate relief from US sanctions. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday froze the work of the committee, which was formed with the United States, after

Merkel wants to revamp Franco-German ties with new elan

Paris, July 13 Chancellor Angela Merkel said today she wanted to breathe new life into Franco-German relations, promising closer cooperation between the two European Union heavyweights with the aim of reforming the bloc. Merkel, speaking in Paris after a joint Franco-German cabinet meeting, added that Europe must take its fate into its own hands. “I