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Rainsy: EU trade move to bolster bid for Cambodian democracy

Nov. 12, 2019 6:53 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the European Union's assessment of whether to suspend trade privileges for his country will add momentum to efforts to restore democracy despite a government crackdown. The EU finalized a preliminary report Tuesday...

Cambodia's exiled opposition leader makes it part way home

Nov. 9, 2019 8:51 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Cambodia's exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia, making partial progress in his quest to return to his home country to try to oust long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. Although he failed to make it to Cambodia on Saturday — the country's Independence...

Cambodian rival stopped from going home to challenge Hun Sen

Nov. 7, 2019 7:52 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, was stopped from boarding a flight in Paris on Thursday in his attempt to return home to challenge his country's longtime autocratic leader, but he assured his followers he will go ahead with his plan. He and fellow leaders of the banned...

Cambodian official says British backpacker died of drowning

Nov. 1, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An autopsy has determined that a British backpacker whose body was found at sea a week after she disappeared on a Cambodian island had died from drowning, an official said Friday. Kuoch Chamroeun, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, said by phone that the body of Amelia...

150 searchers hunt for missing British woman in Cambodia

Oct. 28, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — About 150 people have joined the search for a young British woman who is missing on a Cambodian island popular with travelers, a senior police officer said Monday. Maj. Gen. Chuon Narin, police chief of coastal Preah Sihanouk province, said divers, police, navy personnel, local...

Cambodian court charges exiled politicians with rebellion

Sep. 27, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has charged seven top opposition politicians with plotting armed rebellion for planning to return from self-imposed exile to seek a change in government through mass peaceful protests. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court also warned that anyone who supported the...

Cambodia gives garment workers 4.4% minimum wage hike

Sep. 20, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's government announced Friday that it is raising the minimum wage for the garment industry, the country's biggest export earner, whose workers make up a powerful political bloc. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said starting in January, the minimum wage...