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Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia pleads for release

Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia pleads for release

World
Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An Australian filmmaker detained in Cambodia on espionage charges is pleading for release after more than seven months behind bars.James Ricketson, 68, was in court in Phnom Penh this week to appeal two prior rejections of bail requests. He has been detained since June, when police arrested the documentary filmmaker after he flew a camera-equipped drone over anti-government protesters."I've just been beaten up by the police at Prey Sar prison. There's no evidence that I've done anything wrong," he told reporters, according to the Phnom Penh Post. "We're transported in a tin can -- with no water, no air conditioning. This is the kind of torture that's inflicted on you whether you're innocent or guilty."Ricketson faces 10 years for "receiving or collecting information, proce...
'We will need help of all kinds,' Dominica PM pleads after Cat. 5 Maria tears through

'We will need help of all kinds,' Dominica PM pleads after Cat. 5 Maria tears through

World
Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on Monday night, lashing the Caribbean island as a Category 5 storm with 160-mph winds and a storm surge of up to 11 feet. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a series of dire Facebook posts as the storm hit the island, calling the winds "merciless" and saying his residence sustained damages. "We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is ... the sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!" Skerrit wrote. "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding," the prime minister updated later in the night, before announcing, "I have been rescued." "[W]e have lost all what money can buy and replace," Skerrit wrote early Tuesday. "My greatest fear for the mornin...
Son of Russian MP pleads guilty to cybercrimes

Son of Russian MP pleads guilty to cybercrimes

Technology
The son of a Russian MP has pleaded guilty in the US to being part of a $ 50m cybercrime racket.Roman Seleznev, 33, admitted to being part of an online criminal marketplace called Carder.su, which specialised in selling stolen credit card details and identity theft.Seleznev has already been sentenced to 27 years in prison by a federal court in Washington for breaking into US businesses to steal credit card information, which he subsequently sold on to others to commit frauds.He was also ordered to pay $ 170m in damages.He was selling such a large volume of card details he created an automated website allowing customers to log in and search for the particular type of card information they wanted to buy.Seleznev is the son of Russian parliamentarian Valery Seleznev, a member of the far-right...