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People buy food at a supermarket in Doha Austin Johnson Black Jersey , capital of Qatar, on June 6, 2017. Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in severing relations with gas-rich Qatar, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran. (XinhuaNikku)
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CAIRO, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The international community has beenstriving to mediate the crisis among the countries concerned sincethe escalating tensions between Qatar and its fellow Arab nationsculminated when Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates(UAE), Egypt, Libya and Yemen abruptly announced to severdiplomatic ties with the Gulf gas-rich state Luke Falk Black Jersey , accusing it ofsupporting terrorism and interfering with internal affairs.
According to presidential sources, Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan has held phone calls with leaders including RussianPresident Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron,Jordan's King Abdullah II and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Haririto ease the unprecedented diplomatic dispute in the MiddleEast.
"I want to clearly say we disapprove the sanctions on Qatar,"Erdogan was quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency as saying onTuesday.
"Turkey will discharge every responsibility for our part,"Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday Kevin Byard Black Jersey ,quoted by local TV channel CNNTurk.
As an important trade partner of Turkey, Qatar has so farinvested 2.2 billion U.S. dollars in the transcontinental country,with investments on the rise in the past four years.
Also on Tuesday, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaberal-Sabah paid an urgent visit to Saudi Arabia to seek a politicalsolution to the crisis around Doha with Saudi King Salman binAbdulaziz al Saud, Kuwait News Agency reported.
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson encouraged allsides to "sit down together to resolve irritants Derrick Henry Black Jersey ," despiteWashington's long-time criticism of Qatar's role in promotingradical ideology, which Doha has repeatedly denied.
Meanwhile, Sudan, Algeria and Iraq all expressed concerns aboutthe diplomatic crisis around Qatar, urging all Arab countriesconcerned to avoid escalation and solve the problem throughdialogue.
In Iran, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday that increasingtension in the relations among Arab states is a threat to theinterests of regional states Jack Conklin Black Jersey , official IRNA news agencyreported.
"Amid the threat of terrorism, extremism to the region and theworld and with the continuation of occupation of the Palestinianterritories by Israel, the rising tension among regional statesbenefits neither the regional nations nor governments and is athreat to the interests of all," Iran's Foreign Ministry SpokesmanBahram Qasemi said in a statement.
The diplomatic crisis, however, came less than two weeks afterstate Qatar News Agency (QNA) released a statement by Emir Al-Thaniwho called Iran an "Islamic power Jonnu Smith Black Jersey ," which Qatar later said was"fake" as QNA's website had been "hacked."
Late Tuesday, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin AbdulrahmanAl-Thani said on Qatar-based Al Jazeera television that his countrywas ready for international mediation, adding that the emir hadpostponed a national speech on the crisis to leave Kuwait more roomto "proceed and communicate with the parties to the crisis and totry to contain the issue."
Doha also decided not to respond in kind, he added.
As a member of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Qatar has beeninvolved in the military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemensince March 2015.
It is not the first time that the small Island state has been inthe spotlight of a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. On March3, 2014 Taywan Taylor Black Jersey , Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE recalled theirambassadors to Qatar and severed diplomatic ties with the countryuntil eight months later when Qatar agreed to deport seven seniorfigures of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Enditem
BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Leading Chinese tech firm iFlytek Co. Ltd said Thursday that its operating revenues surged in the first half of 2017, but net profits dropped following its expansion in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.
The voice recognition and cloud service provider said in a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that its operating revenues for the first half surged 43.79 percent year on year to over 2.1 billion yuan (about 315 million U.S. dollars).
The company's gross margin reached 1.03 billion yuan, a rise of 46.99 percent year on year. However, its net profits slumped 58.11 percent year on year in the six-month period to 107.28 million yuan Adoree' Jackson Black Jersey , it said.
The company attributed the significant profit decline to increased investment in technological research and development and a rapid expansion of its sales and service network nationwide.
Investment in AI technology rose 63.75 percent to 139 million yuan in the reporting period, according to iFlytek.
The company said its development in the first half was "healthy," citing the rapid growth in business revenue, gross margins and the number of users.
The continued investment into the AI sector has laid a solid foundation for the company to maintain a leading position in the AI era and ensured sustained development for the long run, said iFlytek.
Shares of the company were down 0.46 percent to 48 yuan at Thursday's close.
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