Queen Rania, Dubai ruler among top 10 followed world leaders on Instagram

Jordan’s Queen Rania came in sixth in the world, with 10 million followers. (File photo: AP)
Updated 14 April 2017

Queen Rania, Dubai ruler among top 10 followed world leaders on Instagram

DUBAI: The ruler of Dubai and Queen Rania of Jordan have made the top ten list of international leaders with the largest Instagram followings.
PR firm Burson-Marsteller published its annual “World Leaders on Instagram” report Wednesday, in which it revealed that four Middle Eastern leaders had made the cut.
“The study analyzes the activity of the 325 Instagram accounts of heads of state and government, and foreign ministers over the past 12 months using aggregate data from Facebook’s CrowdTangle tool. As of April 1, 2017, the accounts have a combined total of 48.7 million followers,” the report states.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken over former US President Barack Obama’s position as most followed world leader on Instagram, with a cool 6.8 million followers.

In second place is US President Donald Trump with 6.3 million followers and Pope Francis rounds out the top three with 3.7 million followers.
Jordan’s Queen Rania came in sixth in the world, with 10 million followers, while Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was ranked eighth place with 2.3 million followers.
In terms of interactions – likes and comments – “President Trump tops the most interactive world leaders ranking with 114,554,016 total interactions. He is followed by Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in second place, with 89,090,894 interactions and then Pope Francis with 45,408,641 interactions,” according to the report.

Read on for the top ten most followed leaders in the world:

  1. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 6.8 million followers
  2. US President Donald Trump with 6.3 million followers
  3. Pope Francis with 3.7 million followers.
  4. The White House with 3.5 million followers
  5. Indonesian President Joko Widodo with 3.5 million followers
  6. Jordan’s Queen Rania with 10 million followers
  7. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with 2.7 million followers
  8. Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with 2.3 million followers.
  9. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with 2 million followers
  10. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini with 1.4 million followers


Russia expels Japanese journalist in military espionage row

Updated 28 January 2020

Russia expels Japanese journalist in military espionage row

  • The expelled journalist works for Japan’s Kyodo News agency
  • The reporter was told to leave Russia in 72 hours

MOSCOW/TOKYO: Russia said on Monday it expelled a Japanese journalist last month for trying to obtain secret information related to Russian military capabilities in the Russian Far East, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.
The expelled journalist worked for Japan’s Kyodo News agency, it said on Tuesday, denying the accusation of attempted espionage.
Kyodo did not identify the reporter but said he was detained on Dec. 25 in Vladivostok and released after about five hours of questioning.
The reporter was told to leave Russia in 72 hours, Kyodo said.
“For safety reasons, he left the country the following day. It is our understanding that he was engaged in standard reporting activities,” Kyodo said in an emailed statement.
Russia’s foreign ministry summoned a Japanese embassy official to make an official diplomatic protest over the incident, RIA reported.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it could not comment on the matter.
Ties between Japan and Russia have been strained for decades by a territorial dispute over a chain of islands in the Pacific.
Known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles and in Japan as the Northern Territories, the islands were seized by the Soviet army in the waning days of World War Two.
The dispute has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a formal peace treaty and developing their relations.
“The Japanese citizen was detained by Russian law enforcement officers in Vladivostok on Dec. 25, 2019 trying to receive secret materials about Russia’s military potential in the Far East,” RIA quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying.