JNN 30 June 2013 Moscow : Police officers have clashed with militants during special operations in the mountainous area of Chechnya, with two policemen dead and 17 injured. After the shootout, militants retreated into the woods. Continue reading
JNN 29 June 2013 BEIJING — Twenty-seven people were killed in riots early Wednesday in northwest China between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese , state-run media reported, the deadliest outbreak of violence in the restive region in years. Continue reading
JNN 29 June 2013 Riyadh : Tens of thousands of people in Saudi Arabia attended the funeral of two activists who were Martyred by regime forces in the country’s Eastern Province. Continue reading
JNN 29 June 2013 Cairo : Egyptian Salafai Wahabi Prosecutors on Wednesday ordered the detention of prominent Shia leader Mohamed al-Doreiny in Giza, after he was arrested Tuesday for alleged possession of illegal firearms. Continue reading
JNN 28 June 2013 Islamabad : Pakistan’s media and social media is abuzz with reports of The Leader of the House of the Poor Nation of Pakistan PM Nawaz Shariff , while being in the Budget Session was wearing a ‘Mutli Million Dollar Watch’. Continue reading
JNN 27 June 2013 Damascus : The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, declared victory over a second city in the central province of Homs, Al Arabiya television channel reported on Wednesday. Continue reading
JNN 27 June 2013 : On 25 June 2013, the ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, was apparently toppled . On the US orders the ruler of Qatar for 18 years, has transferred the “reins of power” to his son. Continue reading
JNN 27 June 2013 KARACHI: Nine people – mostly policemen and paramilitary troops – were killed and over a dozen injured in a bomb attack on the convoy of a senior Shia Sindh High Court judge Maqbool Baqar in the Burns Road neighbourhood of Karachi on Wednesday. Continue reading
JNN 26 June 2013 Hong Kong : The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. Continue reading
JNN 26 June 2013 Beirut : Three Lebanese army officers and a soldier were killed on Sunday in a clash with supporters of a radical Wahabi sheikh opposed to the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, an army statement said. Continue reading
JNN 25 June 2013 Damascus : Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah resistance fighters clashed on Wednesday with foreign-backed militants south of a Damascus suburb that is home to a major Muslim shrine, in an attempt to secure the area surrounding the revered site, activists said. Continue reading
JNN 25 June 2013 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Newly Elected Prime minister Nawaz Shariff aid Monday that the government plans to put the military ruler who ousted him in a coup over a decade ago on trial for treason, setting up a possible clash with the country’s powerful army. Continue reading
JNN 25 June 2013 Baghdad : After embracing Islam and converting to Shi’ism, I faced many difficulties but they only enhanced my resolve to walk on the path of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) says the Newly converted Indonesian Shia Lady Zainab ( Amilia ) Continue reading
JNN 24 June 2013 CAIRO – Four Egyptian Shiite Muslims were Martyred on Sunday when they were attacked by a hostile Salafi / Wahabi mob in a village in Giza province near the capital, police said. Continue reading
JNN 24 June 2013 Athens : A report says that a large number of Greek children have been put in orphanages and care homes due to economic meltdown in the recession-hit country. As the Greece’s unemployment rate will climb to over 30 percent in 2014 as the European country is struggling with a crippling recession. Continue reading
JNN 23 June 2013 Bern : When it comes to money in Swiss banks, Pakistan has a slight edge over India with total funds amounting to 1.44 billion Swiss francs held there by Pakistani individuals and entities, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Continue reading
JNN 23 June 2013 Tel Aviv : The following report by the Israeli Intelligence news outlet Debka (quoting Turkish police sources) acknowledges that Al Nusrah rather than Syrian government forces have chemical weapons in their possession. Continue reading
JNN 23 June 2013 Karachi : 5 shia Men have been Martyred and Atleast 8 other were Injured in an attack by the Tehrik e Taliban Terrorist on the Hussaini Imambargah in Bilal Colony , Korangi , Karachi . Continue reading
JNN 22 June 2013 PESHAWAR: Law enforcement agencies have arrested two suspects involved in a gun-and-bomb attack on Friday which killed 15 people at a mosque in Peshawar. Continue reading
JNN 21 June 2013 Tehran : Iran has rejected media claims on the Islamic Republic’s intentions to send 4,000 troops to help the Syrian army in its fight against western-backed terrorists. Continue reading
JNN 21 June 2013 PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Mosque adjacent to a Shia Seminary ( Hussaini Madressa ) Gulshan Colony, Peshawar, killing 15 and leaving 22 injured, Several of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition. Continue reading
JNN 20 June 2013 Paris : Thousands of protesters gathered outside the town hall in Argenteuil near Paris on Friday of last week. They were enraged and upset after a series of racist attacks against Muslim women. Continue reading
JNN 20 June 2013 Cairo : Even after the So Called Great Tahrir Square Revolution in Egypt , Nothing has changed as the Egyptian Government and the Salafi Wahabi Groups are still in the same court , as of Hosni Mubbarak , who was working in favour of the Zionist Lobby , and in the interest of the US and it allies, as the So called Egyptian Revolution , have only changed the faces from the scene , while the Ideology ,and the Mind set is the same as it was before the Tahrir Square Episode. Continue reading
JNN 19 June 2013 Riyadh : The eastern region of Saudi Arabia has witnessed a deadly cycle of demonstrations, shootings, and detentions for more than two years. While Shia in the east share grievances with the rest of the country, simmering discontent is aggravated by a history of regime discrimination and provincial neglect. To stabilize the region, the regime must address the roots of dissent at both the local and the national levels. Continue reading
JNN 19 June 2013 Lebanon :Terrorist shot Martyred Shi’ite Muslim men in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in an ambush on Sunday, security sources said, in the latest sectarian violence close to the border with Syria. Continue reading
JNN 19 June 2013 Tehran : Iran’s outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been summoned to a criminal court in Tehran to answer unspecified charges in regard to a complaint lodged by Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and others following the victory of the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani in Friday’s presidential election. Continue reading
JNN 18 June 2013 Islamabad : Arresting Malik Ishaq under the MPO (maintenance of public order) and carrying out ‘targeted operations’ — whatever that means — is no way to handle the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). Action against the LeJ cannot be limited to Quetta, or even Balochistan because this is a group that is entrenched in every part of Pakistan, a group which spreads its poison from pulpits and Facebook pages alike, a group that is actively aided and abetted by a very active political wing Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan ( SSP / ASWJ ) Unlike their TTP allies, they cannot be geographically or politically isolated. A few scattered arrests cannot harm them. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 MUSHAF AIR BASE, Pakistan, – With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet,Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Continue reading
JNN 18 June 2013 WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama authorized his administration to provide arms to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, officials said Thursday, a major policy shift after the White House said it had confirmed that Damascus used chemical weapons in the country’s civil war. Continue reading
JNN 16 June 2013 Cairo : Suhair al-Bata’a, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, has died undergoing circumcision at a village in the Daqahliya governorate northeast of Cairo, Egyptian media reported on Sunday. Continue reading
JNN 15 June 2013 QUETTA : At least 22 people, including 14 female students, were killed Saturday in multiple bomb and gun attacks by terrorists in Quetta, the capital of insurgency-hit Balochistan province. Continue reading
JNN 15 June 2013 Tehran : Hassan Rohani has won Iran’s 11th presidential election following a vote that saw a massive popular turnout on June 14.
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on Saturday that of a total of 36,704,156 valid ballots counted, Rohani won 50.70 percent of the ballots with 18,613,329 votes.
Following are the votes won by every candidate so far based on the percent of the total vote:
Hassan Rohani: 18,613,329 (50.70 %)
Principlist Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf : 6,077,292 votes
Independent Mohsen Rezaei 3,884,412 votes
Principlist Saeed Jalili won 4,168,946 votes,
Principlist Ali-Akbar Velayati 2,268,753 votes
Independent Mohammad Gharazi 446,015 votes
A total of 1,245,409 ballots were declared invalid.
On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the city and village councils.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections. The Interior Ministry put voter turnout at 72.7 percent.
If a candidate wins over fifty percent of the vote in the first round of the Iranian presidential election, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week’s time to determine a final winner.
The candidates’ rankings are calculated on the basis of the total number of the ballots cast.
Profile of Hassan Rohani
Hassan Rohani was born on November 13, 1948 in the city of Sorkheh in Semnan province.
Born into a religious family, Rohani started his religious studies in 1960 at Semnan Seminary. One year later, he moved to the holy city of Qom.
In 1969, he was admitted to Tehran University and after three years he got his BA in law.
Rohani continued his studies in law and managed to get his MA and PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council, is member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also director of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research.
Since he was young, Rohani was involved in political struggles against the Shah reg
When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned home from exile in France in 1979, Rohani was politically active in Europe. He held question-and-answer sessions with students in Britain and France.
After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Rohani was elected to parliament. He served as MP for five consecutive terms up to 2000. In the parliament, he held high posts like vice-speaker of Majlis and head of Defense and Foreign Policy committees.
During the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war, Rohani served as member of the High Council of Defense, commander of Iran Air Defense and deputy commander-in-chief of Armed Forces.
After the establishment of the Supreme National Security Council, Rohani was named as representative of Ayatollah Khamenei to the council. He held the post for 16 years up to 2005. During the presidency of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and his successor Mohammad Khatami (1989-1997), Rohani was also secretary of SNSC.
Since 1991, Rohani has been a member of the Expediency Council.
Rohani speaks fluent English, Arabic and Persian and has written nearly 100 books or articles and conducted more than 700 pieces of research.
Unexpected Voter’s Turn out In the Irani Elections
Informed sources say the voter turnout in Iran’s 11th presidential election has been around 74 percent, Press TV reports.
Meanwhile, Officials at the Election Headquarters of the Iranian Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that 6,387,317 valid ballots – from a total of 6,598,300 votes cast – have been counted at 12,058 polling stations so far (09:30 am Tehran time).
Candidate Hassan Rohani is in the lead, according to the results so far, with Principlist candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf coming in second.
If a candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote in the first round, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week’s time to determine a final winner in the race.
On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the City and Village Councils.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.
Voting time Extended Four Times Due to High Voters Turn out in the Elections
Voting deadline for Iran’s 11th presidential as well as the fourth city and village councils elections has been extended four times, each time for one more hour, due to massive voter turnout.
In the fourth extension of the voting time, the Iranian Interior Ministry has extended the deadline to 2300 local time (1830 GMT).
The ministry said in a statement that voters can continue to cast their ballots until 2300 local time on Friday, five hours beyond the initial 10-hour deadline.
Head of the Election Committee of Tehran Province Safarali Baratlou said the voter turnout in the Friday elections is predicted to hit 70 percent in Tehran Province. Extra ballots are also being sent to the province’s polling stations.
Polls officially opened across Iran at 8:00 a.m. (0330 GMT) and were originally scheduled to end at 6 p.m. (1330 GMT).
The country’s Election Headquarters, meanwhile, said there had been no report of major irregularities from the polling stations, where representatives of the candidates have been stationed for more transparency.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, are eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.
President of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research Hassan Rohani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi are the six candidates running in the presidential election.
Over 200,000 candidates are also running for city and rural councils elections.
Incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated Hassan Rohani following his victory in Iran’s 11th presidential election.
In a message on Saturday, Ahmadinejad congratulated Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian nation and the president-elect on the important June 14 election.
“I have always deeply believed in the vast and endless capacities of the Iranian nation for development and [achieving] greatness,” Ahmadinejad said in his message.
“I believe that all peaks of glory can be conquered by believing and trusting in the Iranian nation and by respecting different interests and tastes,” the Iranian president added.
Rohani’s rivals including Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili also congratulated Rohani on his victory.
Former presidential candidates including Mohammad-Reza Aref and Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, who withdrew their bids for presidency before June 14 election, also felicitated Rohani following his victory.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed his gratitude to the Iranian people for their massive turnout in the June 14 presidential as well as city and village council elections.
In a message on Saturday, the Leader also congratulated Hassan Rohani on his victory in the presidential ballot.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Friday’s elections were yet another landmark test which showed the Iranian nation’s determination to friends and foes alike.
The huge voter turnout on Friday showed off the strong bond between Iranians and the Islamic establishment to all ill-wishers who have resorted to “hundreds of political, economic and security ploys” to undermine the trust and affinity between the nation and the Islamic system, added Ayatollah Khamenei.
“The real winner of yesterday’s (Friday, June 14) election is the great Iranian nation which … prudently and tactfully confronted the war of nerves launched by the lackeys of (global) hegemony,” the Leader underlined.
Elsewhere in his message, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the president-elect is the president of all Iranians, adding cooperation and friendship should replace the rivalry of the campaign days.
The Leader also thanked all other presidential candidates for entering the scene, and said their participation contributed to the electoral fervor and creation of an exciting competition.
JNN 15 June 2013 Doha : The decision made by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to cede power in Qatar was not a personal decision to be justified by ‘health reasons’ suffered by the man who plays serious roles in recent years, whether at the Arab level or at the international level, Lebanese Assafir daily reported Thursday. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 KABUL — A Taliban suicide bomber struck outside Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, killing 17 people in the deadliest attack in Kabul in over a year and a half. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 TRIPOLI — Libya’s army chief of staff resigned on Sunday as an elite military unit took control of a base of pro-government militias after clashes killed 31 people in the eastern city of Benghazi. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 ATHENS – Greek government presented on Wednesday noon a draft bill for the establishment of new public television and radio broadcaster by autumn this year, as reactions to the sudden closure of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) on Tuesday night culminated. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 Manama : The Bahraini authorities have taken on a campaign to siege certain areas known to be opponent to the Government. A number of Shia residential areas have been isolated and surrounded with barriers or fences in order to contain protests inside. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 Damascus : Atleast Sixty Shia Muslim residents of a Syrian village in east of the country have been massacred by foreign-sponsored terrorists. Continue reading
JNN 13 June 2013 Istanbul : The Turkish Prime Minister says protests at Taksim Square and Gezi Park “will be over in 24 hours.” This comes hours after Tayyip Erdogan met a group of activists, in an attempt to start dialog, and vowed to put an end to the gatherings. Continue reading
JNN 12 June 2013 Berlin : More than 24,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Germany and Hungary as dramatic increases in the levels of Elbe and Danube rivers continued to cause severe floods in Central Europe. officials said Sunday. Continue reading
JNN 11 June 2013 Sana : Thousands of Shia Zaidis demonstrated Monday in the Yemeni capital to protest the killing of 10 Shia Houthi Demonstrators and wounding of dozens of others in clashes with police during a protest the day before. Continue reading
JNN 11 June 2013 Tehran : “ I researched and studied different Religions , and finally decided to embrace Islam’s Shia Sect . And I feel very happy that I have the Honor to embrace Islam , and to recite the Solemn Oath of Islam that “ There is no God , but Only One God , and Prophet Muhammad PBUH is his Messenger “ in the presence of his eminence , who has the authority to lead , and has a large number of people who emulate him”. Continue reading
JNN 10 June 2013 Brussels : The European Union’s interior ministers have convened in Luxembourg to address the emerging threat of the European militants who return from Syria after gaining experience in the ongoing fight against the Syrian government. Continue reading
JNN 10 June 2013 Syrian troops, backed by Hezbollah fighters, pressed on with their offensive on Friday in the country’s militant heartland, taking two small villages near strategic town Qusayr that was captured by the government this week. While on the other side Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing – situated between Syria and the Golan Heights – after heavy clashes with the terrorist of anti-government gunmen. Continue reading
JNN 9 Jun 2013 Riyadh – Police in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has confirmed the news that a girl had been raped and murdered by a Saudi prince Khalid bin Sa’ad bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud . Continue reading
JNN 08 June 2013 Karachi : Two young men received death sentences on Friday over a fatal shooting that exposed class divisions in Pakistan and led to an unusual social media campaign demanding that the country’s rich and powerful be held accountable. Continue reading