Spain's acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has turned down an offer by King Felipe VI to attempt to form a government after inconclusive elections one month ago. But Rajoy said he would continue to seek support for his candidacy as premier.
Rajoy has lodged legal action against a reform by Catalonian lawmakers that would allow them to fast-track independence in one day. The prime minister also called a planned independence referendum "radical and divisive."
South African lawmakers have decided to keep President Jacob Zuma in power, with the ruling ANC party backing the leader despite corruption charges. The emotionally charged vote triggered rallies across the country.
The Turkish president's attempt to move against supposedly "anti-Turkish" Germans elsewhere in the EU have been scuppered, for now. Some plain speaking by Berlin helped put a stop to it, says DW's Jens Thurau.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has issued a message of defiance after Thursday's terrorist attacks in and around Barcelona, which killed 14 people and injured hundreds. Many international leaders offered condolences.
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