Israel's Arab-dominated Joint List party, backed Benny Gantz to form a new government, making Gantz's bloc of supporters larger than that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
PM Netanyahu earlier called on Benny Gantz to join him in a unity government. Israelis face with the prospect of a third election two days after unprecedented repeat polls left the country's two main political parties deadlocked.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini likes to present himself as a devout Christian but the head of the Catholic Church has taken starkly different political stances.
Releasing a joint declaration in the parliament, the governing and opposition parties called on Washington to take necessary steps to extradite Fetullah Terror Organisation's ringleader, Fetullah Gulen.
Talks between Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and Podemos have proved difficult and tensions between the two parties have reached a new high, with both camps suggesting talks were all but dead amid mutual reproach.
According to unofficial results, the Republican People's Party candidate received just over 54 percent of the votes in Sunday's redo of the mayoral election, while Justice and Development (AK) Party's Binali Yildirim took just above 45 percent.
Thailand's junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is the first civilian prime minister of the country since 2014.
Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline.
The demonstration in Tel Aviv was attended by nearly all opposition parties, a rare show of unity for Israel's splintered political system.
The leader of Turkey's main opposition party, Republican People's Party (CHP), was confronted and assaulted when he attended a soldier's funeral in Ankara on Sunday. President Erdogan has described it as "an unwelcome act of violence."
Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) will continue to examine appeals from the governing Justice and Development Party on election irregularities after awarding the certificate of mayorship to Imamoglu, the Republican People's Party candidate.
PM Narendra Modi's BJP secured a landslide victory in 2014, bagging more than 70 of 80 seats from the country's largest state. But BJP's momentum in this election is being kept in check, likely leading to a tight race.
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