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President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Afghanistan's armed forces in Ghazni on Friday for their victory over Taliban insurgents in the strategically important city after clashes that killed at least 150 soldiers and 95 civilians.

Lawmakers in Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected former cricket legend Imran Khan as the country's new prime minister on Friday, paving the way for him to form a coalition government.

Thousands of air travelers faced delays on Friday after a Chinese airliner skidded off the runway at the airport in the Philippine capital, disrupting more than 200 flights as authorities struggled to remove the damaged plane.

Slovenia's parliament approved Marjan Sarec, a comedian turned politician, as prime minister designate on Friday, setting him on track to form a minority government and end the country's longest political stalemate since an election.

Opposition firebrand Julius Malema introduced a bill to nationalize South Africa's central bank, raising pressure on the ruling ANC to go through with a plan it shelved this year and rattling markets wary of threats to the institution's independence.

Barcelona paid tribute on Friday to the victims of a militant rampage last year which killed 16 people, but a call from victims' families to put aside divisions over independence ambitions for the surrounding region of Catalonia was not heeded by all.

A Mexican court ruling allowing an ex-union boss to walk free of money laundering charges laid bare a serious flaw in a host of other high-profile corruption trials, officials and experts say, and underscored the challenge facing the incoming government.

Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday over what local media said was a case involving the country's largest telecoms firm, one of three corruption probes in which he has been named as a suspect.

A Turkish court has rejected an appeal to release American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest, broadcaster Haberturk said on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she did not expect her Saturday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to produce any particular results.

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