Briton in Cambodian wild party case given suspended sentence

British citizen Daniel Jones, center, is escorted by prison guards to the Siem Reap court room in Siem Reap on Tuesday, March 20. Jones was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison for producing pornography. (AP)
Updated 20 March 2018
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Briton in Cambodian wild party case given suspended sentence

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: A Cambodian court has found a British man guilty after he was arrested with other foreigners for allegedly posting photos on social media of sexually suggestive dancing at a party.
Siem Reap provincial court spokesman Yin Srang said 31-year-old Daniel Jones was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison for producing pornography. The court, however, said he can go free Wednesday based on his having already served one month and 22 days in prison, with the rest of the term suspended.
The spokesman said Jones could continue to be held if the prosecutor files an appeal within one day.


Pakistan eliminated terrorism with monumental cost — Defense Minister

Updated 26 April 2018
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Pakistan eliminated terrorism with monumental cost — Defense Minister

  • Beijing hosted the first SCO Defense Ministers meeting after the organization was expanded in 2017 and added India and Pakistan as full members
  • He said that presence of Daesh in Afghanistan is a source of insecurity for its neighbors

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Minister for Defense Khurram Dastgir Khan said that Pakistan has eliminated terrorism from its soil at a monumental cost — in the in blood of soldiers and citizens.
The minister made his remarks at the 15th Defense Ministers Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing.
He added that Pakistan had adopted a comprehensive national action plan to combat terrorism: “We have suffered economic losses in excess of US $120 billion (Rs 13,920 billion) in our war against terror,” he added.
It was the first assembly of SCO Defense Ministers since the organization expanded in 2017, adding India and Pakistan as full members.

Khan said the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan, including presence of ISIS (Daesh), was a source of insecurity for its neighbors and the entire region.

“Serious challenges facing the region include violent extremism, poverty, lack of trans-boundary water management, drug trafficking, refugees, human trafficking and border controls,” the minister said.

Khan acknowledged the existence of bilateral issues between SCO members, but asserted that these should “never be allowed to impede our collective work.” He encouraged his counterparts to face collective challenges with “courage, harmony and cooperation.”

The minister signed a communiqué with other participants offering support for the “Shanghai Spirit” of building a shared community with peace and stability, development and prosperity.

Defense ministers from the SCO member states including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and India attended the meeting. The defense minister of Belarus attended as an observer.