Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, third left, walks with his daughter Roxanne Holmes, second left, after his arrival at Sydney International Airport, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP)
Updated 24 September 2018
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Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home

  • James Ricketson (69) was sentenced on Aug. 31 to six years in a trial his sympathizers described as farcical

CANBERRA, Australia: Australian filmmaker James Ricketson took a stroll on a Sydney beach at dawn as he recuperates from more than a year in a Cambodian prison.
Ricketson landed in Sydney on Sunday night two days after his 15-month stint in a Phnom Penh prison ended with clemency granted by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.
His nephew Bim Ricketson said on Monday the imprisonment had taken a toll on his uncle’s health.
The 69-year-old filmmaker was sentenced on Aug. 31 to six years in a trial his sympathizers described as farcical.


Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

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Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

  • The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday
  • The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in Italy, Indian media reported Thursday.
The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media.
Padukone is arguably Indian cinema’s biggest female star currently, and she has also broken into Hollywood, starring in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” opposite Vin Diesel.
Padukone, 32, and Singh 33, announced in a joint statement last month that their wedding would take place on November 14 and 15.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2013 but have kept details of their relationship largely out of the public eye.
Hindi film director Karan Johar, a friend of the couple, tweeted his congratulations.
“Such a stunning gorgeous and beautiful couple!!!! Nazar utar lo! (Keep the evil eye away) !! Badhai ho (Congratulations) !!! Love you both!!! Here’s to a lifetime of love and joy!” he wrote on Wednesday.
The newlyweds have shared the silver screen together, including a controversial Bollywood epic earlier this year that sparked violent protests in northern India.
Padukone played a legendary Hindu queen and Singh a medieval Muslim ruler in the flick, which angered hard-liners, some of whom burned down film sets and made threats toward the two stars.
Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are due to get married in India early next month.