Top40 News for 07/23/2018

#29 Japan: Deadly heat wave continues as temperatures hit record 41.4C near Tokyo

Damaged houses and a mud-covered road are seen in the aftermath of heavy rains in Hiroshima, southwestern Japan on July 11. 

Heavy rainfall in Japan has caused major flooding that has killed and injured dozens and forced massive evacuations. 

Heavy rainfall in Japan leave dozens killed and injured, with over 1.6 million people evacuated.

(Pictured) People are rescued by fire fighters on July 8, in Kurashiki, Japan.

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#30 As Violence Flares, Kushner Threatens to Abandon a Plan B for the Mideast: Rebuilding Gaza

WASHINGTON — Five months ago, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, began quietly shifting his focus from brokering a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians to tackling the dire humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

Now, with Israel and the Hamas militants who control Gaza in a fresh cycle of violence that analysts fear could escalate into a full-blown war, Mr. Kushner and his partner in Middle East peacemaking, Jason D. Greenblatt, are threatening to pull the plug on Plan B.

Declaring that no foreign investors are willing to pour money into Gaza during what they label a Hamas-driven conflict, Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, the president’s special representative for international negotiations, are rethinking their efforts to rebuild Gaza’s economy as a way of opening the door to a broader peace accord.

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