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British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip (left) leave Conservative Party HQ in London.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip (left) leave Conservative Party HQ in London.PHOTO: AFP

Embattled Theresa May unveils Britain's new Cabinet, vows to 'get on with the job'

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday (June 11) defied calls to resign and adopted a new slogan, "getting on with the job", after a catastrophic election performance.

Two days after results of Britain's snap election showed May's Conservatives had lost their majority in parliament, a visibly weakened premier denied she was feeling "shell-shocked" when quizzed by Sky News.

"What I'm feeling is that actually there is a job to be done and I think what the public want is to ensure that the government is getting on with that job," May said in the televised interview.


French President Emmanuel Macron headed for overwhelming parliamentary majority

French President Emmanuel Macron's party topped the first round of voting in Sunday's parliamentary elections, putting him on course for an overwhelming majority to implement his programme of ambitious reforms.

Estimates based on partial results showed Macron's year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) and its ally MoDem on 32.2-32.9 per cent, ahead of the right-wing Republicans on 20.9-21.5 per cent. The far-right National Front (FN) was seen third with 13.1-14 per cent.

Seat projections showed Macron's camp going on to win between 390 and 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly after next Sunday's second round - continuing his centrist revolution which has left France's traditional parties in tatters.


Gaddafi's son Saif freed in Libya, whereabouts unclear - lawyer

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been freed by an armed group in western Libya where he had been held since shortly after the 2011 revolt against his late father, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, one of his lawyers and the brigade involved said.

He was released in the town of Zintan under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in eastern Libya, lawyer Khaled al-Zaidi said on Sunday, adding that Saif was headed to another Libyan city that he could not name for security reasons.

Saif, 44, is the most prominent of the late leader's children, and was touted by some as a reformist successor before the uprising six years ago in which Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed.


Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka to claim record-extending 10th French Open title

Claycourt king Rafael Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete 'La Decima' on Sunday.

Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punchbag, winning in just over two hours.

This title, an unprecedented 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15 though as it arrived three injury-plagued years after the last one, without dropping a set and conceding only 35 games in seven matches.


Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins in Canada for sixth time

Lewis Hamilton's love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix reached new heights on Sunday as he won the race for a sixth time and slashed Sebastian Vettel's Formula One championship lead to 12 points.

After watching Ferrari sweep to a one-two finish two weeks ago in Monaco, Mercedes hit back with a dominating display as Hamilton cruised to his 56th career win, a leisurely 19.7 seconds in front of team mate Valtteri Bottas.

It was Hamilton's third victory of the season and also his third in a row at the sun-bathed but windswept Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.