Macron's "Ensemble" (Together) coalition was on track for 200-260 seats, short of the 289 needed for a majority in the National Assembly. The left-wing NUPES alliance was set to win 149-200 seats, while Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally made major gains and was on course for 60-102 seats.
Police said four civilians and three soldiers were wounded when the army opened fire for the first time to quell unrest linked to the worsening economic crisis. Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since independence, with the country unable to find dollars to import essentials, including food, fuel and medicines.
The vote will be decisive for Macron's second-term agenda following his re-election in April, with the 44-year-old needing a majority in order to push through promised tax cuts, welfare reform and a rise in the retirement age.
Streets turned to swollen rivers as cars and single-storey houses were swept away in at least two counties in Guizhou province in southwestern China on Saturday, according to videos circulating on Chinese social media. The rainfall in some areas has been the heaviest in 60 years.
Until the past few months, monkeypox had generally been confined to western and central Africa but is now present in several continents. “We are removing the distinction between endemic and non-endemic countries, reporting on countries together where possible, to reflect the unified response that is needed,” the WHO said in its outbreak situation update dated June 17 but sent to media on Saturday.
Members of former Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) claimed credit for the FATF's announcement on Friday that Pakistan had met all 34 items on two separate action plans paving the way for the country’s possible exit from the grey list of the watchdog.
The British government on Friday ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges, a milestone — but not the end — of a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website's publication of classified US documents. WikiLeaks said it would challenge the order, and Assange's lawyers have 14 days to lodge an appeal.
Sri Lankan authorities on Friday announced a two-week shutdown of government offices and schools, as public transport ground almost entirely to a halt due to a lack of dollars to pay for imported fuel. The Public Administration ministry ordered all departments, public institutions and local councils to maintain skeleton services from Monday in response to the acute shortage of petrol and diesel.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday praised a decision from the European Commission to give its backing for Kyiv to be granted EU candidacy status, nearly four months into Russia's invasion of the country.
The British government has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. The government said Friday that home secretary Priti Patel had signed the extradition order. WikiLeaks said it would challenge the order, and has 14 days to lodge an appeal.
Crisis-hit Sri Lanka announced weekly fuel quotas for motorists on Sunday, as an acute shortage worsened and longer queues formed outside the few pumping stations still operating. Energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera said the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was struggling to finance oil imports, while consumption had shot up due to shortages of electricity and liquefied petroleum gas.