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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
2 Cambodian reporters charged with spying released on bail
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two Cambodian journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and are charged with espionage were released on bail Tuesday, a day after a pardon freed four land rights activists from prison.
Australian filmmaker goes on trial in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — One of Australia's most famous movie directors testified Thursday in Cambodia at the trial of a filmmaking countryman facing a possible prison term of five to 10 years for flying a drone to capture images of an opposition political rally.
Hun Sen plays hardball to keep his grip on Cambodia
BANGKOK (AP) — Determined to extend his 33 years as Cambodia's strongman ruler, Prime Minister Hun Sen was not about to let an election derail what he believes is his destiny.
The 65-year-old leader had declared he intends to stay in office for 10 more years, and Sunday's general election victory by his Cambodian People's Party should get him halfway to that goal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kem Monovithya, a Cambodian political activist, was visiting Switzerland in September when she got a phone call from her father. Kem Sokha, the leader of Cambodia's main opposition party, told his daughter that government agents were raiding their family's home in Phnom Penh.
"He told me: 'They're handcuffing me now,'" Kem Monovithya, 36, recalled in an interview with The Associated Press.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Campaigning officially began Saturday for Cambodia's July 29 general election, with Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party virtually assured victory because the only credible opposition party was dissolved last year.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women hired to act as surrogate mothers were formally charged with surrogacy and human trafficking offenses.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian prince who is a candidate in upcoming elections was transferred to a hospital in neighboring Thailand on Monday after being injured in a road crash that killed his wife, a fellow politician said.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker charged with endangering Cambodian national security for flying a drone over a campaign rally had his trial postponed for a month on Friday after already spending a year in jail.
James Ricketson, 69, looked frail as he was led into Phnom Penh Municipal Court to face the charge of collecting information prejudicial to national defense, for which he could be imprisoned for five to 10 years. The charge is tantamount to one of espionage.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities reacted with scorn Wednesday to an announcement by the United States that it has blacklisted an important senior army officer over human rights abuses, blocking his access to any assets in the U.S.
The Treasury Department announced sanctions Tuesday against Gen. Hing Bun Hieng, commander of Cambodia's Prime Minister Bodyguard Unit, which it said had been engaged in serious human rights violations for at least the past 21 years.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Friday extended the pre-trial detention of two Radio Free Asia journalists who have been in prison for six months while espionage charges, which critics say are part of a crushing crackdown on independent media, are investigated.
The journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Socheamet, were arrested in November and charged with undermining Cambodian national security by supplying information to a foreign state.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. jury found a Christian missionary from Oregon guilty Wednesday of multiple sex abuse charges for molesting children living at an unlicensed Cambodian orphanage that he operated in Phnom Penh over a period of years.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The new owner of a newspaper considered the sole remaining independent media voice in Cambodia fired its editor on Monday for publishing a story about the publication's sale and the purchaser's alleged links to the government, adding to doubts it will continue to perform the watchdog function of a free press.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The newspaper widely considered the last independent media voice in Cambodia has been sold by its Australian publisher to a Malaysian investor.
Saturday's announcement by Post Media CEO Bill Clough identified the buyer of the English-language Phnom Penh Post as Sivakumar G., who was described as having an experienced journalist's background and representing a strong investment group from Malaysia. No price was given.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for the first time in 20 years but the animals still face serious threats, Cambodia's government and a major conservation group said Monday.
US Embassy in Cambodian warns of alleged bomb plot
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Cambodia has issued a security alert over an alleged plot to set off a bomb during the country's traditional New Year holiday, which runs from Thursday through Monday.
The alert advises U.S. personnel to exercise caution around Wat Phnom, a temple in Phnom Penh said by Cambodian officials and media to be the target of a plot by the Khmer National Liberation Front, an overseas anti-government group.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Forty-three Cambodians arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, on Thursday after being deported from the United States under a law allowing the repatriation of immigrants who have committed felony crimes and have not become U.S. citizens.
The group is the largest to be sent to Cambodia under a 2002 bilateral agreement. More than 500 other Cambodians have already been repatriated.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Supreme Court has denied bail for an opposition leader charged with treason who is seeking to be released for medical treatment abroad.
The court ruled Friday that Kem Sokha must remain in pretrial detention for his own safety and because the investigation into his case is ongoing. His Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved last November by a court ruling on a complaint by Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — As a leader in the field of textile conservation, Julia Brennan has worked to preserve many glamorous and historic articles of clothing, from a kimono presented to Babe Ruth, to singer James Brown's jumpsuit, to a British aristocrat's coronation gown.
Her profession, however, has also brought her into contact with humanity's darkest moments, including genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia.
Cambodian court orders seizure of former opposition HQ
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia has ordered the seizure of the headquarters of the country's former opposition party, which was dissolved last November after a ruling that it was involved in trying to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Cambodia’s top court orders opposition party dissolved
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the country's main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state.
The decision means authoritarian leader Hun Sen, who has held power for more than three decades, will face no serious challengers in elections due in July — a scenario likely to cement his rule for years to come.
Cambodian leader, angry with US, wants Peace Corps out
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's leader has escalated his feud with the United States, calling Friday for U.S. Peace Corps volunteers doing development work to be withdrawn.
Cambodian leader threatens opposition over arrested chief
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened Monday to dissolve the main opposition party if it gets involved in legal proceedings against its chief, who was charged with treason last week.
Hun Sen also said in a speech in Phnom Penh that if the investigation into Kem Sokha finds that his Cambodian National Rescue Party was linked to his earlier actions, it may be dissolved.
Cambodian PM: I’ll rule 10 more years; ‘don’t be jealous’
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to continue leading his impoverished Southeast Asian nation for another 10 years on Wednesday, days after the arrest of his leading opponent.
Speaking to some 10,000 garment factory workers in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the capital, Hun Sen said he has decided to run for another two terms. After that, he said, and would think about leaving office.
Cambodia formally charges opposition leader with treason
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's opposition leader was formally charged Tuesday with treason for allegedly conspiring with the United States to topple the government, and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Cambodia arrests opposition leader, alleging treason
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities arrested the leader of the main opposition party on Sunday, accusing him of conspiring with the United States to topple the government. The move sharply escalates political tensions in the Southeast Asian nation and raises questions over whether elections due next year can be free or fair.
Cambodia rescinds expulsion of US charity workers
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister said Tuesday he has rescinded his decision to expel an American-led Christian organization that seeks to rescue and rehabilitate women working in the sex trade, accepting its apology and explanation that it did not intend to demean Cambodians.
Cambodian medic who spread HIV asks for court’s mercy
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV on Thursday acknowledged his mistake in reusing syringes and told an appeals court that he only sought to provide health care for his community.
Cambodia accuses Laos of border violation, seeks meeting
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia announced Friday that its prime minister will make an urgent visit to Laos as he demanded its government withdraw soldiers he claimed are encroaching on territory in northeastern Cambodia.
Cambodia's foreign ministry announced Hun Sen's Saturday trip to the Laotian capital Vientiane after he threatened to use force to expel the Laotian troops if they did not withdraw by Aug. 17.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Tuesday upheld a 2½-year prison term against a prominent land rights activist accused of inciting violence at a protest she helped lead outside of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence, as dozens of her supporters outside conducted a "cursing ceremony" against national leaders and judges.
Cambodian PM to expel NGO over TV program on sex workers
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister on Tuesday ordered the ouster of an American-led Christian organization that seeks to rescue and rehabilitate women working in the sex trade, saying its comments in a TV report last week demeaned the country.
The report by CNN showed the head of the Agape International Mission, Don Brewster of Lincoln, California, describing child prostitution in the Svay Pak suburb of Phnom Penh. The report was a follow-up to a 2013 story on the same subject.
Khmer Rouge tribunal explains limits on prosecutions
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders for atrocities committed while they ruled the country acknowledged Monday that only a handful of former high-ranking officials will face justice for their crimes.
The tribunal explained in a statement the dismissal in February of a case against Im Chaem, a middle-ranking Khmer Rouge district chief whom prosecutors had charged with crimes against humanity, including murder, extermination and enslavement.
Khmer Rouge leaders deliver closing defense at trial
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — As his trial for genocide ended, the former head of state of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime on Friday rejected the charges against him, saying the allegation was concocted by the country's traditional enemy, neighboring Vietnam.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Prosecutors in the U.N.-backed trial of two leaders of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime on charges of genocide and other crimes called Thursday for life imprisonment as the only appropriate punishment.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's longtime ruler warned opposition parties Friday not to challenge the result of Sunday's local elections or they could be dissolved.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tears were shed and the sounds of cries were heard from the families of four Cambodian soldiers who were killed by a Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic earlier this month as the bodies arrived home Sunday.
The four were among 12 soldiers Cambodia dispatched to the central African nation in recent months to join U.N. peacekeeping forces.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia began construction Tuesday of a new $157 million football stadium funded by China, the Southeast Asian country's most important ally.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the groundbreaking ceremony that China's support for the stadium, to be used for hosting the Southeast Asian Games in 2023, is evidence of the two countries' close cooperation.