#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2017

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How's Tuesday so far, Rappler reader?

As the Marawi crisis rages, the death toll has breached the 500 mark, with increasing numbers of casualties among the terrorists, security forces, and civilians. Despite this, the military is already planning the city's rehabilitation.

Abroad, the Food and Agriculture Organization predicts a slowdown on global food products demand, and Donald Trump's son admits meeting a Russian lawyer to get dirt on his father's electoral rival.

These, and other stories, are in today's wRap.

Marawi death toll tops 500

The death toll from 48 days of fighting in Marawi City has breached the 500-mark, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, July 10. As of Sunday, July 9, government troops have been able to kill 379 of the terrorists who attempted to take over the Lanao del Sur capital on May 23. At least 89 soldiers and policemen have also been killed in the clashes, while 39 civilians were killed by members of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups, according to the AFP.

Tillerson looks to defuse Qatar crisis on Gulf tour

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Kuwait, the key mediator between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, for talks aimed at defusing the Gulf's worst crisis in years. Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis.

Trump son met Russian to get dirt on Clinton

Donald Trump's eldest son admitted meeting a Russian lawyer to get dirt on his father's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. Trump junior confirmed reports that he was on the trail of damaging information on the Democrat vying to become America's first woman president, when he met Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'

China's cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in a critical condition, the hospital treating him said, raising fears about his life a day after Western doctors said there was time to take him abroad. China has come under international pressure to let its most prominent dissident go abroad, but Chinese doctors said over the weekend that Liu was too sick to travel.

Global demand for food products to slow – FAO

Global demand for food and agriculture products is projected to slow "considerably" over the next decade, the UN food agency said. One of the main reasons given for the decline was a slowdown in growth in China, where incomes over the outlook period are projected to flatline, driving down spending on foodstuffs.

Top photo: A helicopter drops water on an 80 acre spot fire that broke out in Butte County, California on July 10, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

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