Friday, June 14, 2013

World News Briefs -- June 14, 2013

Voting Begins In Iran Presidential Election -- Al Jazeera

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei one of the first to cast his ballot at a Tehran mosque, urging a large turnout.

Millions of voters across Iran have begun to cast their ballots in the country's presidential elections, four years after the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Polling stations opened at 8:00am local time (03:30 GMT) on Friday and close 10 hours later, although if there is a particularly large turnout the interior ministry can extend voting until midnight.

At the same time as choosing a new president from six candidates, voters will also pick municipal councillors.

There are more than 50 million eligible voters, with 130,000 ballot boxes in over 60,000 voting stations. The first results are expected late Friday or early on Saturday.

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US: Syria's Assad crossed 'red line' with chemical weapons.

Syria: US chemical weapons charges 'full of lies'. Syria, Russia push back over U.S. chemical weapons claims.

Syrian rebels say they need heavy weaponry, not small arms, from U.S..

Erdogan makes conciliatory move to end Turkish protests.

Thousands protest Yemen security force 'excesses'.

Deadly virus spreading from the Middle East.


Japan's Defense Ministry to fortify SDF with a special island assault unit.

Three Chinese ships in disputed waters: Japan.

India to become world's most populous nation around 2028: UN.

Crackdown filling N. Korean prisons with defectors.

South Korean former spy chief accused of election meddling.

Host sacked for asking if Australia PM's partner gay.


Egypt says citizens free to join fight in Syria.

TV channel offices attacked in Libya's Benghazi.

US military pays close attention to Boko Haram militants.

Analysts: West Africa attractive Hezbollah destination.

Wife of ousted Madagascar leader stands by bid for power.

Anti-Mugabe hackers attack website of South Africa's ruling ANC.

Mugabe calls elections – and Tsvangirai rejects them as illegal.


Euro zone inflation off three-year lows, fall in employment deepens.

Czech prosecutors charge seven in scandal threatening PM.

Thousands protest in Greece over ERT shutdown.

Spain's public debt hits record high.

EU seeks to ease French fears over Hollywood in U.S. trade talks.

Russians flee the Caucasus anyway.


U.S. agencies said to swap data with thousands of firms.

Residents flee as historic Colorado wildfire burns out of control.

Nicaraguan assembly OKs $40 billion Chinese canal to rival Panama's.

Brazil: Sao Paulo transport fare protest turns violent.

Argentina train crash leaves hundreds of casualties.

Commander in SS-led unit living in US.


Guantanamo judge orders first closed session of Obama war court.

Terrorists could use fire as new tactic against United States.

Terrorists change behavior after leaks, lawmaker says.


Analysis: Bombardier gambles on big order payoff with new jet.

Airbus A350 makes maiden test flight.

US Supreme Court says human DNA cannot be patented.

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