Kuwait tries to mediate Qatar crisis

Qatar has forged regional alliances independently of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states, drawing accusation by Saudi Arabia and its allies of serving Iranian interests. Qatar just finished one of the stadiums for the tournament, though others have yet to be built. Saudi Arabia, Egypt , the UAE and Bahrain announced on Monday they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar, giving Qataris within their borders two weeks to leave.

UAE threatens to imprison Qatar sympathisers

Advocating cooperation in the region, Iran offered Qatar its airspace as well as food and water supplies to the isolated Gulf state. The article quoted Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as cautioning against confrontation with Iran, as well as defending the Palestinian group Hamas and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shi'ite movement allied with Tehran.

Jordan reduces diplomatic representation with Qatar

Jordan reduces diplomatic representation with Qatar

Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its border with Saudi Arabia , and those Arab nations opposing it have cut off their land, sea and air routes into the country. Both countries are critical to Xi's efforts to expand China's clout in the region, with Saudi Arabia its second-largest source of foreign oil and Iran a key crossroads on the Belt and Road Initiative to build trade and infrastructure links across Asia.

Trump says Qatar row shows his Middle East trip is 'paying off'

While applauding a Kuwaiti effort to mediate the crisis , Gargash said Emirati and Saudi officials planned to concede nothing to Qatar, an worldwide air travel hub now cut off from some of the skies around it and blocked from receiving the trucks full of food it relies on to feed its citizens.

China's May exports, imports surge, beating expectations

China's May exports, imports surge, beating expectations

Exports rose 8.7 percent to $191 billion while imports jumped 14.8 percent to $150.2 billion year-on-year. Imports had been expected to have climbed 8.5 percent, pulling back from 11.9 percent in April. Analysts had expected import growth to cool largely due to a slump in prices of iron ore and steel in recent weeks on worries about growing inventories and a seasonal slowdown in demand.

North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles after US drills

Four extended range Scud missiles lift off from their mobile launchers in Tongchang-ri in North Pyongan Province, North Korea . No other details were immediately available. A U.S. defense official confirmed a launch had been detected but told CNN the Pentagon was unlikely to release a statement as these were not ballistic missiles capable of posing a long-range threat.