Cambodian and Thai leaders mark reopening of rail link
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The leaders of Cambodia and Thailand met Monday at the Thai border town of Aranyaprathet to mark the ceremonial reopening of a rail link that will restore train service...
Washington senator registers to lobby for Cambodia
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen has registered as a foreign agent in order to consult and lobby for the country of Cambodia.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned opposition politicians Monday that they should act quickly if they want bans on their political activity lifted because he will...
Cambodia blasts EU move to consider lifting trade privileges
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia issued a strong response on Tuesday to the European Union's announcement that it is beginning the process to withdraw preferential duty-free and quota-free status for imports from the Southeast Asian nation.
EU eyes trade action over rights abuses in Cambodia
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is launching action that could see it suspend Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market over the deterioration of human rights and the rule of law in the country.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Monday "there are severe deficiencies when it comes to human rights and labor rights in Cambodia that the government needs to tackle if it wants to keep its country's privileged access to our market."
Romanians, Nigerians arrested in Cambodian drug bust
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian police said Thursday they have arrested two Romanians and three Nigerians after seizing nearly 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of methamphetamine from one of them as he prepared to board a flight to Hong Kong.
Cambodia leader says China to give $600 million in grant aid
BEIJING (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, making a four-day visit to China, said Tuesday that Beijing has agreed to provide his nation with nearly $600 million in grant aid as part of a three-year assistance fund.
Hun Sen announced the aid from Cambodia's most important political and economic ally on his Facebook page before any announcement by Beijing. He said the commitment was made by Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he met Monday.
2 Cambodian opposition politicians get bans dropped
PHNON PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A veteran Cambodian politician and his son on Wednesday became the first among 118 opposition members banned from politics for five years to have the restriction lifted.
Kong Korm and his son, Kong Bora, had their bans lifted when Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni signed a royal decree approving their application for restoration of political rights.
Cambodian PM says Western sanctions would hurt opposition
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that if Western countries impose threatened economic sanctions on his country, it would cause the death of the country's political opposition.
Hun Sen, speaking at a road groundbreaking ceremony, was referring mostly to plans by the European Union to cancel an agreement giving imports from Cambodia preferential duty-free status.
Cambodian PM dedicates monument to his defeat of Khmer Rouge
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Long-serving Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday inaugurated a monument marking the 1998 end of the threat from the communist Khmer Rouge movement, which ruinously ruled the country in the late 1970s and then carried on a guerrilla war.
The Latest: California governor pardons 5 Cambodian refugees
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on clemency actions by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local):
California Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned five refugees from Cambodia and another immigrant from Honduras who faced the possibility of deportation because of their criminal convictions.
The pardons were among more than 250 clemency decisions announced by the governor on Christmas Eve.
According to Brown's office, the five Cambodians entered the country when they were 5 or younger.
Cambodian leader’s eldest son advances in succession stakes
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has joined the inner circle of his father's ruling Cambodian People's Party, bolstering speculation he is being groomed to succeed to the premiership.
Cambodia’s biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's largest hydropower project officially began producing electricity Monday as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to reduce energy imports and help jump-start industrial expansion.
Cambodia seizes over 3 tons of rare African ivory
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities said Saturday that they have seized more than 3 tons of rare African ivory hidden inside an abandoned shipping container, the country's largest haul of elephant tusks in the last four years.
Tipped off by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, a total of 1,026 pieces of elephant tusks, weighing up to 3.2 tons, was found on Thursday at Phnom Penh Autonomous Port, said Sun Chhay, a director of the Customs and Excise Office at the port.
California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old.
The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so in the case of an "abuse of power." Brown's pardon would have effectively stopped Borey Ai's deportation to Cambodia, a nation where his mother was born but he has never seen.
Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could allow the lifting of a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians.
Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday that his government will not allow any foreign military bases in its territory and called media reports that China is seeking a naval base there "fake news."
Hun Sen, who is on a three-day visit to Vietnam, insisted at a news briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, that the Cambodian Constitution does not permit foreign military bases.
Vermont man nominated for Cambodia ambassador
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been nominated to serve as the ambassador to Cambodia.
WCAX-TV reports W. Patrick Murphy, of Brattleboro, thanked the president and the secretary of state for the nomination during a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Tuesday morning.
Murphy is a longtime state department employee and a University of Vermont graduate.
Cambodia says Khmer Rouge tribunal that convicted 3 is done
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has reiterated it intends to end the work of the U.N.-backed tribunal that last week convicted the last two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Experts weigh the record of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal
BANGKOK (AP) — After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group's heinous actions.
Last Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide, get life terms
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, when their reign of terror was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, were convicted Friday by an international tribunal of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Latest: Last Khmer Rouge leaders get 2nd life sentence
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on the tribunal judging Khmer Rouge responsibility (all times local):
The tribunal that found two former Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide has sentenced them to life in prison.
The elderly Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are the last surviving senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and are already serving life sentences for the regime's forced transfers and disappearances of masses of people during group's brutal rule of Cambodia in the late 1970s.
Verdicts on Khmer Rouge leaders may be tribunal’s last gasp
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The U.N.-backed tribunal judging the criminal responsibility of former Khmer Rouge leaders for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians will issue verdicts Friday in the latest — and perhaps last — of such trials.
Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, are the last two surviving senior leaders of the radical communist group that brutally ruled Cambodia in the late 1970s.
Cambodia accuses 11 pregnant women of breaking surrogacy law
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Tuesday charged 18 people, including 11 pregnant women, with violating laws against surrogate births.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophana said the 11 women and four other people were charged with surrogacy and human trafficking. Three more people were charged with conspiracy but did not appear.
Diversity among Asians divides them on affirmative action
A federal judge in Boston is scheduled to hear closing arguments Friday in a highly publicized lawsuit alleging that elite Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans.
Much of the spotlight has been on affluent Chinese-Americans with stellar academic scores who say the college rejects Asians in favor of lesser-qualified applicants. They say factoring in race hurts Asian-Americans.
Cambodian who killed as teen, faces deportation seeks pardon
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — By his own account, Borey Ai was a 14-year-old gangster when he killed a woman during a robbery that netted about $300.
He spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he had turned his life around. He walked out of San Quentin prison in November 2016 and into the custody of waiting federal immigration agents.
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Ex-Khmer Rouge jailer hospitalized in serious condition
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A former prison chief for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime who has been sentenced to life in prison has been hospitalized with serious respiratory problems.
Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was the first among the Khmer Rouge leaders to be convicted and sentenced to life in prison by a U.N.-backed tribunal in 2012. He has been serving his sentence in Cambodia's Kandal province.
Cambodia agrees to resumption of searches for US MIAs
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister says he has agreed to the resumption of U.S. military-led missions to search for the remains of Americans missing in action during the Vietnam War, following an appeal from two U.S. state lawmakers.
SE Asia microcosm: 2 contrasting leaders address the UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders who appeared at the United Nations on Friday present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell.
On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who at the grand old age of 93 has shed his authoritarian past, ousted a rival accused of massive corruption through democratic change, and re-entered the international stage with vigor.
Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian filmmaker James Ricketson took a stroll on a Sydney beach at dawn Monday while recuperating from more than a year in a Cambodian prison, his nephew said.
Ricketson, 69, 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.
Pardoned Australian filmmaker to be deported from Cambodia
PHNOM PEHN, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker was awaiting deportation from Cambodia on Saturday after receiving a royal pardon for his conviction on spying charges for flying a drone over a political rally.
A spokesman for immigration police said that James Ricketson will be deported on Saturday morning, a day after being released from prison.
"We are now checking a flight for him," Gen. Keo Vanthan told The Associated Press.
Cambodia pardons Australian filmmaker convicted of espionage
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia granted a royal pardon on Friday to Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who was sentenced last month to six years in prison on spying charges in a trial widely criticized as unfair.
It was not immediately clear if he has already been released from Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of the capital, Phnom Penh.
Cambodian prime minister says ‘let us fix our own problems’
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen slammed criticism by outsiders of political issues in the Mekong region, saying Wednesday that the countries should be allowed to solve their own problems.
Speaking at a World Economic Forum gathering in Hanoi, Hun Sen heatedly defended Myanmar against accusations its security forces have engaged in genocide against its Rohingya minority.
Hun Sen said other countries do not understand the problems that Myanmar and its neighbors face.
Cambodia’s ex-opposition leader freed awaiting treason trial
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The leader of Cambodia's now dissolved opposition party was freed on highly restrictive bail Monday after being jailed for a year on a treason charge, the latest government opponent to be released since Prime Minister Hun Sen's landslide election victory.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court said in a statement that Kem Sokha was granted bail due to health reasons, but stressed that the case against him would proceed.
Honda says he is preparing Cambodian soccer for the future
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda, recently named general manager of Cambodia's national team, said Sunday he will concentrate on building up its players for the future.
Honda spoke at a press conference a day ahead of a scheduled friendly match against Malaysia. It will be the 166th-ranked Cambodian team's first contest since he agreed last month to helm the team, when he also signed a contract to play with the Australian club Melbourne Victory.
Cambodia’s longtime leader Hun Sen begins another term
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's one-party legislature on Thursday confirmed Prime Minister Hun Sen for another five-year term, cementing his status as one of the world's longest-serving leaders.
Cambodia’s new one-party legislature begins session
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's king on Wednesday presided over the opening of the new session of the National Assembly, whose 125 seats are filled by members of a single party following an election widely decried as unfair.
The lawmakers from the Cambodian People's Party are expected to confirm Hun Sen, who has held power for three decades, for another five-year term as prime minister on Thursday.
His party won a landslide victory in the July 29 general election.
Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison Friday.
James Ricketson had faced up to 10 years in prison. Almost two dozen jailed critics or opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen's government had been freed in recent weeks following a sweeping ruling party election victory, which had raised hopes of leniency in Ricketson's case.
The Latest: Morrison says Australia will support filmmaker
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on an Australian filmmaker's trial in Cambodia on a national security charge (all times local):
Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government will be supportive of a filmmaker convicted of spying in Cambodia.
James Ricketson was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and has been detained without bail since his arrest last year after flying a drone over a political rally.
Rights groups alarmed over Thai detention of asylum seekers
BANGKOK (AP) — Human rights groups expressed alarm Thursday at Thailand's detention of more than 160 asylum seekers from hill tribe ethnic minorities in Vietnam and Cambodia, saying they face possible persecution if returned to their homelands.
Thai and international rights groups said the asylum seekers were rounded up Tuesday in a northern suburb of Bangkok and charged with immigration law violations.
Court extends detention of Cambodian opposition leader
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Thursday extended by six months the pre-trial detention of Kem Sokha, the leader of the now-dissolved main opposition party who already has been held for a year on a treason charge.
Friday verdict for Australian filmmaker’s Cambodian trial
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The trial of an Australian filmmaker accused of endangering Cambodia's national security concluded Wednesday with the prosecution insisting that he had engaged in journalism in order to carry out spying.
Jamese Ricketson was arrested in June last year for flying a camera-equipped drone over a rally held by the opposition party. The charge against him is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The three-judge panel is to deliver its verdict on Friday.
Cambodian trial of Australian filmmaker nears end
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker charged with endangering Cambodia's national security told a judge Tuesday that his relationship with the now-disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was purely professional.
James Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June last year for flying a camera-equipped drone over a rally held by the opposition party. The charge against him is tantamount in legal terms to espionage and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
14 Cambodian opposition activists freed from prison
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Fourteen Cambodian opposition activists were freed Tuesday from long prison terms, their pardons coming as the latest in a series of releases engineered by Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party's election sweep last month.
Asian Games: Gold for Cambodia by Californian born in Texas
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At 16, Jessa Khan has already won a stack of gold medals at state, regional and international competitions. But these are nothing to match her gold medal in jiu-jitsu at the Asian Games.
She won for Cambodia, thrilling for a young woman who was born in Texas, lives in southern California and was competing for the birthplace of her father.
"I won a lot of gold medals before, but this one was very special," she said in an interview Sunday with the Associated Press.
Jailed ex-Cambodian opposition lawmaker pardoned by king
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A former Cambodian opposition lawmaker who has been a strong critic of the government's handling of demarcating the border with neighboring Vietnam has been pardoned by the country's king.
Church converts shipping containers into overseas clinics
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Motorists traveling along Country Club Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana, who have seen the "Doc in a Box" banner and two seagoing containers in front of St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church have to be wondering what it's all about.
Cambodia court views footage of accused Australian filmmaker
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia has viewed some of the footage shot by an Australian filmmaker charged with endangering national security for flying a drone over an opposition party rally last year.
The judge in the case of James Ricketson announced Friday that his trial will end Monday, though it was not clear if the verdict will be delivered then.