Saudi Arabia reopens its border with Qatar, ending the three-year diplomatic crisis. The resolution was brokered by Kuwait and the United States. ([https:--www.nbcnews.com-news-world-saudi-arabia-lifts-blockade-qatar-breakthrough-agreement-eases-gulf-crisis-n1250102 NBC News])
A second fire breaks out on board the oil ship MT "New Diamond" off the coast of Sri Lanka. The ship departed a port in Ahmadi Governorate, Kuwait, and was headed to the port of Paradeep in India. Authorities fear the 2 million barrels of oil could cause an "environmental disaster". Russian ships depart to assist and one out of the 23 crew was missing following the incident.
The leaders of Ireland's two main political parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, come under fire. Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces a motion of no confidence in Dáil Éireann, his second in just over a year. Leader of the Opposition, Enda Kenny, who sacked his deputy leader yesterday to prevent a potential coup, faces further revolt from his party as nine more members of his frontbench call on him to resign.