U.S. urges North Korea to pardon and release American prisoner
WASHINGTON The United States on Wednesday urged North Korea to pardon and release on humanitarian grounds an American student serving a sentence of 15 years of hard labour.
KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia Malaysia's opposition won a key by-election on Saturday that was seen as a test of incoming premier Najib Razak.
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), one of three partners in an opposition alliance, beat the government National Front coalition by 2,631 votes, reversing a government majority of 628 in the 2008 general election.
Bridget Welsh, Malaysia politics expert at Johns Hopkins University
"This is a decisive win for the opposition as a whole, led by PAS and backed up by the other opposition parties.
"This was also a decisive defeat for Najib and this is the second defeat in his inbox."
"This puts him in a position of weakness if we assume he will become the next prime minister."
James Chin, political science professor at Monash University in Malaysia.
"This is a major blow for Najib Razak as the defeat shows that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's star is still on the rise. More importantly, it shows that the Chinese have completely given up on the government."
(Reporting by David Chance; Editing by Niluksi Koswanage)
JARABLUS, Syria Turkey wants to clear Islamic State from a 90-km (56-mile) stretch of territory on the Syrian side of its border, an official said on Wednesday, a week after it launched an incursion that has strained ties with the United States.
CARACAS Venezuelan authorities rounded up 25 opposition activists and supporters in the last two days amid plans for a massive protest against President Nicolas Maduro, a rights group said on Wednesday.