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Trial of Cambodian opposition party chief set for next month

Dec. 9, 2019 8:53 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court announced Monday that the trial on treason charges of opposition leader Kem Sokha will begin next month, more than two years after he was arrested. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court said in a statement that the trial of Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved...

Temple collapses in Cambodia, killing 3 and injuring 13

Dec. 2, 2019 11:14 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Buddhist temple under construction in Siem Reap, home of Cambodia’s famed Angkor temples, collapsed Monday, killing at least three people and injuring 13 others, including two monks, police said. The deputy chief of Siem Reap Provincial Police, Pheung Chendareth, said...

Cambodia’s leader relieved Trump doesn’t seek regime change

Nov. 27, 2019 7:27 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen responded positively to a letter from President Donald Trump that assured him the U.S. does not seek regime change and encouraged him to promote democracy and improve strained relations between the countries. A letter from Hun Sen, dated Tuesday...

Cambodian leader sings praises of US after letter from Trump

Nov. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sun has signaled he would welcome better relations with the United States after a conciliatory letter from President Donald Trump and a meeting with Washington's new envoy. Hun Sen posted on his Facebook page a summary of the Nov. 1 letter from...

Cambodian leader willing to lose EU trade privileges

Nov. 21, 2019 8:37 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that it is more important for his country to maintain its independence and sovereignty than to retain special trading privileges that the European Union has threatened to withdraw. Hun Sent told government officials that even...

Cambodian princess, classical dance star, dies at 76

Nov. 18, 2019 8:19 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, eldest daughter of Cambodia’s late King Norodom Sihanouk and a famed dancer, died Monday at age 76. Buppha Devi was the half sister of the country's current king, Norodom Sihamoni, but was best known as a practitioner and promoter of...

California governor pardons 3 in bid to block deportations

Nov. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is pardoning three men who separately committed crimes when they were each 19 years old and now are attempting to avoid being deported to Cambodia or Vietnam. It’s the latest in a series of similar actions by the...

Cambodian opposition leader in Indonesia, ponders next move

Nov. 14, 2019 11:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived Thursday in Indonesia to meet some of the country’s lawmakers as he considers when and how to make his long-promised return to his homeland. Sam Rainsy, head of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, flew in from...

Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex ending elephant rides

Nov. 14, 2019 8:50 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Elephants that serve as a tourist attraction and give rides at Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex will be moved to a new home in a suitable jungle area, an official said Thursday. Apsara Authority, the government agency that oversees the Angkor archaeological site,...

Cambodia says it defeated opposition effort to topple govt

Nov. 13, 2019 10:42 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s government claimed victory Wednesday in its jousting with exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was unable to meet his self-imposed deadline to return to the country in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen. A government statement Wednesday night said it...