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A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

PENINSULAR, Malaysia (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

Workers clear collapsed electric poles during the landfall of Noul tropical storm in Hue, Vietnam, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The storm weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in central Vietnam causing a few deaths and injuries. (VNA via AP)

Lightning kills 7 in Cambodia, storm hits land in Vietnam

Sep. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A tropical storm made landfall in central Vietnam on Friday, killing one person, while seven people died in a lightning strike in neighboring Cambodia. The lightning struck a wooden stilt house under which people were eating in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province on Thursday...

Cambodia, China, challenge US over sanctions on Chinese firm

Sep. 16, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia and China on Wednesday rejected U.S. allegations that a Chinese state-owned company was guilty of human rights abuses and corruption in its acquisition of land in Cambodia. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Tuesday that it...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, uses a megaphone during a protest near the prime minister's residence in Phnom Penh, The United Nations human rights office called Friday for Cambodia to release Rong Chhun and other detained human rights and environmental activists, saying at least two dozen have been arrested because of their work in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

UN calls for release of human rights activists in Cambodia

Sep. 11, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A group of women in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, held a small but spirited protest Friday demanding the release of their detained husbands, as the United Nations human rights office joined two international rights groups in condemning a recent wave of arrests of dissidents and...

Nhel Thearina poses for a photo at the police station after his arrest in the eastern province of Tbong Khmum, Cambodia on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Police said Thursday that the young Cambodian, popular for posting videos on the Tik-Tok social media platform, was arrested after putting an insult online about the country's revered Angkor Wat temple, and is being detained even though he quickly deleted his controversial clip and posted an apology. (Tbong Khmum Police via AP)

Cambodian TikTok user arrested for disparaging Angkor Wat

Sep. 10, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A young Cambodian man popular on the TikTok social media platform was arrested after posting a video that questioned the country's reverence for its famed Angkor Wat temple, and was ordered detained even though he quickly deleted it and posted an apology, police said Thursday....

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, Son Chhay, a lawmaker of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, speaks to the media in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, after the court sentenced opposition senator Hong Sok Hour. The prominent former opposition politician in Cambodia had his ban on political activities lifted Thursdayj, Sept. 3, 2020, after the government approved his request for political rehabilitation. The action was made known with publication of a royal decree.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

Senior Cambodian opposition figure allowed back in politics

Sep. 3, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prominent former opposition politician in Cambodia had his ban on political activities lifted Thursday after the government approved his request for political rehabilitation. The action was made known with publication of a royal decree. Son Chhay had been a lawmaker with the...

Nepalese protesters defying a government coronavirus lockdown to take part in a religious festival clash with riot police, in Lalitpur, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. A 5-story-high chariot holding a statue of the deity Rato Machindranath was built but parked for months because of government orders not hold the annual festival due to fear over the spread of the coronavirus. The statue is normally pulled around the city for a month. Police officers in riot gear blocked the protesters when they moved the chariot, dousing them with water cannons. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Asia Today: Beijing receiving 1st int'l flights since March

Sep. 3, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing’s main international airport on Thursday began receiving international flights again from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden must...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk along a street in the central business district in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Beijing airport receives international flights

Sep. 2, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

BEIJING — Beijing’s main international airport on Thursday began again receiving international flights from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden, must have...

FILE - In this March 30, 2009, file photo, former Khmer Rouge prison commander Kaing Guek Eav, also know as Duch looks on during the first full day of a U.N.-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, who admitted overseeing the torture and killings of as many as 16,000 Cambodians while running the regime’s most notorious prison, died at a hospital in Cambodia early Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 2020. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was 77 and had been serving a life prison term for war crimes and crimes against humanity. (Mak Remissa/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, guilty of war crimes, dies at 77

Sep. 2, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, who admitted overseeing the torture and killings of as many as 16,000 Cambodians while running the regime’s most notorious prison, has died. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was 77 and had been serving a life prison term for war crimes...

Tribunal spokesperson says the Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, convicted of war crimes, has died in a Cambodian hospital

Sep. 1, 2020 9:30 PM EDT
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tribunal spokesperson says the Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, convicted of war crimes, has died in a Cambodian hospital.