World News in Brief: June 10

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the dissolution of the National Assembly Sunday evening, following defeat of his party in 2024 European Parliament elections, according to a live broadcast of local media BFMTV.
Narendra Modi took oath as India's prime minister for the third consecutive five-year term in New Delhi on Sunday.
Narendra Modi took oath as India's prime minister for the third consecutive five-year term in New Delhi on Sunday.

* Mexico's electoral body on Sunday said it completed counting votes from general elections on June 2, confirming the presidential victory of ruling party candidate Claudia Sheinbaum.

* Due to his Open VLD party's disappointing performance in legislative elections, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced Sunday evening that he would resign starting June 10.

* Israel's centrist War Cabinet Minister, Benny Gantz, announced his resignation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emergency government on Sunday and called for new elections.

* Iran on Sunday announced the names of six qualified candidates for the country's early presidential election scheduled for June 28. The final nominees are Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Masoud Pezeshkian, Saeed Jalili, Alireza Zakani, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi.

* The Libyan High National Elections Commission on Sunday announced the start of the municipal council elections in the country. The municipal electoral process will begin with the first phase of voter registration for 15 days until June 23.

* New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said on Monday that China's Premier Li Qiang would visit the country later this week, in the first trip to the nation in seven years by a Chinese premier.

* The Republic of Korea and the United States were set to hold talks on Monday in Seoul on better coordinating an allied nuclear response during a war with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, amid anxiety over Pyongyang's growing arsenal, Seoul officials said.

* U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to arrive in Cairo on Monday at a critical time as Washington seeks to increase pressure on Hamas and Israel to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and ensure the war does not expand onto Lebanon.

* South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol embarked on a trip to Central Asia on Monday to hold talks on strengthening diplomatic ties and cooperating in areas such as energy and minerals, Yoon's office said.

* Australian Prime Minster Anthony Albanese on Monday condemned vandalism of the U.S. consulate in Sydney after the building was defaced in what local media said appeared to be a pro-Palestinian protest.

* The Bangladeshi government has taken an initiative to provide free education up to class 8 in a bid to expand and improve primary education. Bangladeshi Education Minister Mohibul Chowdhoury revealed the plan in response to a question from a lawmaker in the parliament on Sunday.

* Ukraine's grid operator Ukrenergo said it would impose hour-long power cuts throughout the country on Monday evening in connection demand exceeding agreed limits.

* Yemen's Houthi damaged two commercial vessels in missile attacks in the Gulf of Aden in the last 24 hours as part of the militia group's ongoing campaign against international ocean shipping, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Sunday.

* The death toll has risen to 41 following an attack on Friday by suspected Islamist rebels on villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a Congolese army spokesman said, bringing the total toll in the region to more than 80 since Tuesday.

* Around 1.1 million Burundian refugees sheltered in camps in western Tanzania have been voluntarily repatriated to their country since 2017, a Burundian official said Saturday.

*Japan's economy shrank an annualized real 1.8 percent in the January-March quarter, revised up from the preliminary reading of a 2.0 percent decline, government data showed on Monday.

* Argentina's economy minister expects May inflation below 5%, he said on Sunday, slightly lower than analyst estimates, and noted that the government sees signs of recovery in several sectors.

* Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday a 1.7 percent year-on-year decrease in real gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2024, mainly due to an 11.2 percent year-on-year drop in oil activities during this period.

* Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah on Sunday emphasized the importance of consolidating the efforts of all government institutions to enhance oil production.

* Iraq's oil minister said there had been progress in talks held on Sunday with Kurdish regional government officials to reach a deal to resume northern oil exports.

* A total of 1.28 million visitor arrivals were recorded in Singapore in May, up 15.3 percent year-on-year, according to the latest statistics released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

* A Thai cargo ship sank in sea off Sihanoukville in southwestern Cambodia on Sunday, and all 10 crew members were rescued timely, Cambodia's National Committee for Maritime Security said in a news release.

* China's national observatory on Sunday issued an orange alert for high temperatures as multiple regions in the country will experience sweltering heat.