Australian Men Recording Cambodia's Opposition Campaign Still Stressing in Prisoners

An Australian filmmaker who was arrested last year in Cambodia for allegedly endangering national security remained behind bars after the country's supreme court rejected his appeal for an outside prison on bail.

James Ricketson was arrested in Phnom Penh last June for installing cameras on a nephew aircraft to film a general rally opposition party campaign, the Cambodia Rescue Party. Ricketson, 68, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges.

Cambodian Supreme Court issued a statement Tuesday that it rejected Ricketson's plea because his case is still under investigation.

Alexandra Kennet, a Ricketson family lawyer, told reporters the family was "deeply disappointed" by the Supreme Court decision, delivered without Ricketson. A court official said that the vehicle that brought him to court to attend the hearing was late. Kennet said the Ricketson family was also concerned about his health, as he was held in a small cell with 140 other prisoners. [lt]

Mahathir Becomes Prime Minister of Malaysia from the Opposition

Former Malaysian veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad has been named as the prime minister's candidate from the opposition on Sunday while fierce election rivalry threatens to take on the rampaging prime minister Najib Razak and his long-standing coalition. [19659002] The ruling allowed the 92-year-old controversial and criticized for ruling with an iron fist during his long reign, reigning as prime minister 15 years after dismissal

But he also agreed to pave the way for imprisoned opposition leaders, Anwar Ibrahim, his former enemy who turned into a political ally, to become prime minister after being released from prison if Anwar is granted a royal pardon.

The rise of Mahathir to the opposition prime minister is the latest sign of the shattering of Malaysia's political situation due to a massive financial scandal destabilize the pem Najib's government.

Mahathir came out of retirement to fight Najib while anger mounted on charges of billions of dollars looted from state investment fund, 1MDB, established by the current prime minister.

Both Najib, whose UMNO organization has led the state in the coalition since independence in 1957, and the investment fund denied wrongdoing.

Elections must be announced before August but rumors have been widely held in the coming months.

The decision to elect Mahathir as prime minister is supported by senior leaders of the 4-party Pact of Hope coalition at their convention in Shah Alam, not far outside Kuala Lumpur, with loud greetings of hundreds of supporters.

"Our main focus is saving our beloved country," said Mahathir, state for 22 years as the leader of UMNO, in his speech. [gp]

Rahul Gandhi So Leader of India's Main Opposition Party

Rahul Gandhi, the fourth generation of influential Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty in India, officially became chairman of the Congress Party, India's main opposition party. Rahul Gandhi received the post from his mother, Sonia Gandhi.

In a ceremonial ceremony marked by a dance and fireworks party in New Delhi, Sonia Gandhi in his speech portrayed his 47-year-old son as a new hope for the Congress Party. 19659002] Rahul Gandhi in his speech describes himself as an idealist, and says that the people of India are currently being deceived by the policies imposed by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Mondi.

Modi from the Hindu party, Bharatiya Janata, will become Rahul Gandhi's powerful rival in elections in 2019. The party has since eradicated the influence of the Congress Party since 2014, which has ruled for nearly seven decades. Gandhi's own party is currently embarrassing defeats in state elections despite its efforts to regain support.

As prime minister Modi has vowed to create India free from the influence of the Congress Party, while promising a revival of Hindu nationalist forces. 19659002] Rahul Gandi says his party brought India into the 21st century, while Modi's party brought the country into the past as people were slaughtered for their beliefs and what they ate. "This violence shames India in the eyes of the world," he said.

Rahul Gandhi's remarks refer to the sporadic attacks some groups have brought against the Muslims and Hindus of the lower caste who have eaten beef since the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power. The attacks raised concerns about the growing intolerance of Hindu groups under the party's rule. [ab]